The essential components of the Visual Art program are:
- creating and making
- exploring and responding
The students participate in a weekly, 45 min session in the Art room. During this time they are experience a wide range of activities through which they develop and explore a variety of skills and techniques through planned units of work.The seven main areas of the Visual Art program are: painting, drawing, collage, printing, threads and textiles, modeling and construction. Students are encouraged to explore the elements of art and to think, plan and research different ideas in order to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the world around them. The children learn to value artworks in their own culture and the culture of others. The Visual Arts program works in closely with Performing Arts and LOTE programs to provide students with enriched learning experiences. Students have experienced creating musical instruments, designing and making costumes and props for plays and concerts and explored mask making, Batik crafts and other cultural activities. Art observations and personal preferences are shared together before work is both displayed in classrooms and corridor displays, or taken to a home environment to be valued.
STRATHDON ART SHOW
Each year Weeden Heights is invited to exhibit a selection of children’s art work to feature in the Strathdon Art Show. The children whose works are nominated, kindly donate their artwork to support this local Community Aged Care Facility and contribute to and enrich the lives of the elderly.
YEAR 6 MARIONETTES
Traditionally, the highlight of the Year 6 Visual Arts Program is the making of Marionette Wooden Puppets. This is a major project conducted over 15 weeks. The main focus of the unit is further development of woodwork and threads and textile skills, as well as an emphasis on careful planning, preparation and time-management(in readiness for Secondary School). Language and Performing Arts are integrated with this unit of work, as children write a marionette biography and perform a much anticipated ‘mannequin parade’ with their marionette characters for all classes in the school.