Visual Art at APPS



Semester 2 2018

This term we will be working on some big projects for local exhibitions. Students have contributed to an artwork with the theme of Family and Friends that will be on display at Docklands during July. Some classes will be working on artwork for the Have a Heart for Cambodia exhibition. The exhibition brings together work from many Victorian schools to raise funds to help children in Cambodia. The artwork is silently auctioned during the exhibition at Meat Works Gallery on September 1st. Grade 6 will also be working on a collaborative artwork for Gasworks Art Park From the Earth exhibition in November. The students will think about a poignant topic and collaboratively develop ideas to communicate their message through sculpture. We also have very exciting news that the art room will be getting a kiln. That means there will be plenty of clay action this term. Students are very excited that they will be able to keep their clay work after it has been fired and glazed.

Outcomes of Visual Art

In Art sessions we communicate with images instead of words. For most students, this is a welcome change but also presents a challenge. Expressing an idea or conveying a message without resorting to talking or writing requires some lateral thinking. Our Visual Arts program encourages art making as well as exploring art from other artists and cultures. Understanding why other people have made art helps students to appreciate why it is vital to our wellbeing.

Interpreting other artists’ work can often require some careful investigation and discussion. Students discover ways to interpret the messages hidden inside paintings, sculptures or installations and are encouraged to look carefully for the clues that each artist has left. As we explore the work, the students develop a greater appreciation for Art and the artist. Discovering how other artists have approached similar problems helps to broaden our own ideas. How did JMW Turner make the sea look so wild? Why do Andy Warhol’s prints stand out? What is the meaning of all those patterns in indigenous paintings?

From Prep, students are encouraged to use their imagination and experiences to make artworks. By Level 1 and 2 students begin to observe what is happening around them and can communicate a wider range of experiences through their artwork. In Level 3 and 4 we look to other cultures and artists to broaden the range of techniques and understand what motivates others to make art. By Level 5 and 6, students are encouraged to make their own choices about which materials to use to best express their ideas. As well as fulfilling the need to play, build and create, in Art, students also develop drawing skills, critical and creative thinking skills and fine motor skills.



Artwork for Reconciliation Week Assembly May 2018

These puppets were made expecially to complement the celebration song -Boon Wurrung Totem Song - as part of Reconciliation Week, May 2018. Bunjil and the animals were made collaboratively by grade 4 and 5 students and proudly paraded at this assembly. A video of the parade follows the photos.


Watch the video - IMG_2704.MOV