Middle School The Arts

‘The Arts are fundamental resources through which the world is viewed, meaning is created and the mind is developed,’    Elliot W. Eisner, Professor of Education and Art, Stanford University, 1997.

Visual Art is a powerful and pervasive means of communication which students use to make images and objects, developing aesthetic meaning and understanding from informed perspectives. In a world of increasing communication technologies, knowledge and understanding of how meanings are constructed and ‘read’ is fundamental.

The Visual Arts course in years 7 – 9 is based on the new Australian Curriculum syllabus documents. The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) has developed advice, guidelines and resources incorporating the Australian Curriculum.

Year 7 Visual Art

Visual Arts in Year 7 provides an introduction to students by offering a range of learning experiences that focus on making, displaying, reflecting on and appraising images and objects. They will have the opportunity to create, present and reflect on art works with confidence, skill, enjoyment and aesthetic awareness, using a variety of materials, processes and techniques.

In addition, students will learn and apply knowledge of visual art and design elements and concepts in order to construct meaning through problem solving and communicate their ideas, feelings, experiences and observations about the world. Units of Study include Design, Street Art, Mixed Media Experimentation, Assemblage Sculpture and Printmaking.

Year 8 Visual Art

Visual Arts in Year 8 introduce students by offering a range of learning experiences that focus on making, displaying, reflecting on and responding to images and objects. They will have the opportunity to create, present and reflect on art works with confidence, skill, enjoyment and aesthetic awareness, using a variety of materials, processes and techniques.

In addition, students will learn and apply knowledge of visual art and design elements and concepts in order to construct meaning through problem solving and communicate their ideas, feelings, experiences and observations about the world. Units of study include Design, Drawing, Photoshop Design, Colour Theory and Pop Art Painting.

Year 9 Visual Art

Visual Arts in Year 9 focuses on students making, displaying, reflecting on and responding to images and objects with a focus on skills development. Students develop an understanding of visual language and perception is nurtured, enabling them to be visually literate in the visual communication of cultures and societies, past and present. They will engage in a variety of Art experiences that will encourage them to develop personal expression, aesthetic awareness, gaining a sense of satisfaction and enjoyment from making artworks.

Students are given the opportunity to engage in the making of images and objects by designing and creating two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms using a variety of materials, processes and techniques. They will learn and apply knowledge of visual art and design elements and concepts in order to construct meaning through problem solving and communicate their ideas, feelings, experiences and observations about the world. Units include Mixed Media, Drawing, Ceramics and Photorealism Painting.

Co-Curricular Visual Art

In addition, a range of co-curricular opportunities are offered to facilitate student development creatively, socially and personally. Students may participate in one of two Visual Art groups, Eikon (Senior School) and Nokie (Middle School), as well as opportunities to contribute to Co-production Musical set-design and creating works for the beautification of the College environment. In addition, there are a range of exciting Visual Arts elective options offered during the annual Get smART Arts Festival.

Students also participate in such community competitions and events such as the University of Southern Queensland’s ‘Future Visions’ Art Awards, the Toowoomba Art Society’s ‘Chronicle Junior Art Expo’ competition and the First Coat Street Art Festival volunteer program as well as exhibit works at the Kaleidoscope Concert Series events such as the ‘Limelight Concert’, ‘A Box of Chocolates’, ‘Crème de la Crème’ and the ‘Curtain Call Arts Presentation Evening’. The inaugural ‘Facets of Fairholme’ Art Exhibition will be held on the 13 – 15 October this year.