At Albert Park Primary School, students are offered weekly 50 minute sessions for visual arts. The program is structured according to the Visual Arts Victorian Curriculum. http://victoriancurriculum.vcaa.vic.edu.au/the-arts/visual-arts/curriculum/f-10
The content is taught in thematic units for each level. Although the topics and projects change term to term, each unit includes a connection to students’ integrated units or other learning in the classroom, a focus on an artist relevant to the topic, specific skills and techniques, and a demonstration of a wide variety of materials. Students use the visual arts to engage and connect with the world around them. It gives students a lense through which to see other cultures and Australian culture and history. The school's’ dedication to Mindfulness and Sustainability are also integrated in the visual arts program.
Students are given the opportunity to develop their own ideas and thoughts in a structured and safe learning environment. Students are encouraged to use critical and creative thinking when viewing artworks and expressing their perceptions in their artwork. They are encouraged to take risks, to fail and self-evaluate to learn from each experience. Learning is made visible by the use of learning intentions and success criteria related to the unit.
It is an expectation for students to follow the Albert Park Way: Be Kind and Fair, Act Safely, Respect Everyone’s Rights, One Voice at a Time, Keep Trying and display the Albert Park Learner Dispositions:
Persist- When students are challenged by a technique or skill or have encountered an obstacle, they are encouraged to persist.
Reflect- After completing an art piece, students are asked to reflect on their learning. At the end of each session, there is a whole class reflection on their behaviour and achievement of the learning intention.
Collaborate- All students are given the opportunity to participate in a collaborative art piece as well as collaborating throughout the art making process in weekly sessions.
Create- Students are encouraged to think creatively and freely express their ideas, emotions and thoughts. The art room is a place to nurture creativity and different thinking.
Self-regulate- Students are asked to self regulate to manage their learning needs and behaviour to maximise their learning in each lesson.
In Foundation, students make artworks using different materials and techniques that express their ideas, observations and imagination. Students identify and describe the subject matter and ideas in artworks they make and view.
In Level 1 and 2, students make artworks using different materials, techniques and processes to express their ideas, observations and imagination. Students describe artworks they make and view, including where and why artworks are made and viewed.
In Level 3 and 4, students plan and make artworks that are inspired by artworks they experience. They use materials, visual conventions, techniques and processes to express their ideas in artworks. Students discuss how artists express ideas and use materials, techniques and visual conventions in artworks from a range of places, times and cultures. They discuss and evaluate the art making processes, materials and techniques they use to express their ideas.
In Level 5 and 6, students explain how ideas are expressed in artworks they make and view. They demonstrate the use of different techniques and processes in planning and making artworks .They use visual conventions and visual arts practices to express ideas, themes and concepts in their artworks. Students describe the influences of artworks and practices places on their art making. They describe how artworks that they make and view can be displayed to express and enhance meaning. Students describe and identify how ideas are expressed in artworks from different contemporary, historical and cultural contexts.
Visual Arts Teacher
Albert Park Primary School