In the Arts Learning Area, students will develop their knowledge and skills to plan, produce, present, design and perform, both independently and collaboratively. Year 7 students will participate in a rotational arts program encompassing Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts. In Year 8, students will choose both one performance subject, (Dance, Drama, Music) and also select one visual subject (Media Arts or Visual Arts) In Year 9 and 10, students may choose to specialise in one or more arts areas. The Arts Learning Area is pleased to offer a variety of extension activities, extracurricular performances and exhibition opportunities.
Students studying dance in lower school will develop their understanding of dance making approaches whilst developing their technical competence in relation to body control, accuracy, posture/alignment, strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Dance genres that may be studied in the course include classical ballet, jazz, contemporary, funk, hip-hop and ballroom. Whilst developing their dance terminology, students will analyse how the elements of dance and design concepts such as lighting, music, multimedia, costume, props and sets, contribute to the overall meaning of a dance work. Students wishing to participate in YOH Fest (a state-wide dance and drama competition) need to be enrolled in lower school Dance courses to be eligible for the team.
Students will explore challenging, creative and entertaining ideas in Drama, collaborating as part of a team. They will work on self-confidence and physical performance skills through collaboration with others, improvisation and character work. Assignments are mostly hands-on and practical to introduce the elements of Drama and the rich history behind devising, directing and performance of it.
Students in Media will create a number of media products including digital still photographs, audio arrangements and short films. They will learn how to use a range of practical media equipment and editing software as well as learn how to navigate the current complex media environment they live in today.
Students selecting music in lower school will study areas of music theory, performing, recording, responding and evaluating contemporary music. It is a very practical and hands-on approach to music-making. You do not need to worry if you don’t play an instrument (although it would be an advantage to have some basic skills). You will have multiple opportunities to perform at events within the school and in the community.
In Visual Art, students combine various practical and conceptual aspects to produce their own unique, creative artworks. They will investigate visual representations, practices, processes and viewpoints from different times and cultures, and be given tools for interpreting and understanding historic and contemporary art. They will have the opportunity to extend their creativity through experimentation and develop their skills through supervised practice. Finally, students will design, create and evaluate their own pieces of art, and have the opportunity to exhibit their work to the school community.
Students entering Year 11 have a choice of ATAR courses in Dance and Visual Arts; and GENERAL courses in Dance, Visual Arts and Media Production and Analysis. Students should carefully select subjects that align with their preferred career or educational pathway, whilst considering prerequisite requirements for university or other registered training organisations.
PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
In 2014 our purpose-built Performing Arts Centre was completed and opened. Built with specialist facilities, the school is now able to offer its students the most up-to-date resources in a professional learning environment that meets their needs. As a result of the new facilities, we have progressed from having one Arts showcase every two years to three production evenings per year.
For more information about Arts subjects, please see the Head of Learning Area – Arts, Ms Sascha Bragaglia.