Creative Arts aims to provide students with basic learning in the artforms through the subjects of Visual Arts, Music, Drama and Dance.
Many of the experiences provided lend themselves to integration across other Key Learning Areas. The curriculum is designed for students to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in:
- making and appreciating artworks
- performing and appreciating music (singing, playing and moving)
- performing (taking on roles and creating imagined situations) and appreciating dramatic works
- composing and appreciating dance
In Visual Arts, students engage with the concepts of artists, artworks, the audience and the world. In making they learn how they can investigate the world through selected subject matter (eg people, objects, places and spaces) and work with the forms (eg painting, drawing, digital works) in expressive ways. These investigations of subject matter and the forms are further developed in their appreciation of artists, designers, craftspeople, architects and their works.
Two specialist teachers are employed to implement the music program. Children in Years 3 to 6 have the opportunity each year to audition for the school choir, which performs at events, including eisteddfods. The opportunity for individual lessons in playing various instruments is available for those children in Years 3 to 6 who are interested in becoming part of the school band. A fee is charged each term to cover the cost of tuition and instrument hire. Further details are available from the school office.
Dance is a specialised subject that is taught by tutors from DanceFever. Students from Kindergarten, Year 1, 3 and 5 take part in the program as part of a staged approach – ie, all students learn this subject over a two-year period. Dance is a mandatory syllabus requirement.
In Drama, students will develop knowledge and understanding, skills, values and attitudes in making, performing and appreciating by engaging in role, dramatic contexts, elements and forms. Learning in Drama is most effective when learning experiences in making, performing and appreciating are integrated in a planned and sequential process of teaching and learning.