Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Our visual arts program provides students with outstanding creative opportunities to cultivate their artistic skills and knowledge. They learn through a stimulating mix of visual inquiry, studio work, exhibition and critical and historical reflection.

Opportunities exist to encourage accelerated learning through excursions, exhibition viewing and exposure to a wide range of resources and techniques by teachers and professionals who are leaders in their field.

The curriculum is designed to enable students to develop foundation skills in their visual arts practice. Students explore and experiment with media including painting, sculpture, textiles, graphics, printmaking and jewellery.

Students develop skills in writing for a visual arts context on a regular basis. They are also required to write exhibition reviews, complete extended responses, research reports and notate visual inquiry pages.

Exhibitions and displays of student work are an integral component of the visual arts course. All students will have the opportunity to participate in exhibition processes, both internally and externally. Our students regularly exhibit in the college library, Year 12 Perspectives, Young Originals, the St George’s Art Awards, metaMORPHosis, Shaun Tan, Black Swan portraiture and other specific exhibitions in the local community and internationally, ie Saatchi Young Artist Awards.

All Gifted and Talented visual arts students have the opportunity to participate in workshops conducted by industry professionals. Students work with professional artists, designers, illustrators and curators. Professional artists and mentors work with students in after school classes. The skills obtained from these workshops are invaluable and instrumental to the development of our students in the Gifted and Talented Visual Arts Program.

Selection process

Selection of students is through art workshops, specific visual arts testing, interviews and school reports. If student is invited to an interview they will be asked to supply a small portfolio.

All Gifted and Talented applicants are required to sit the Selective Entrance Test coordinated by the Department of Education.

Selection criteria:

Visual arts aptitude demonstrated through:

  • ability to express ideas and feelings through the use of visual art elements
  • ability to use art media, skills and techniques
  • critical thinking skills and capacity to make decisions and solve problems in visual art contexts
  • capacity to work with others.
  • Academic and other achievements as indicated through school reports and interview.

Apply for the Gifted and Talented Visual Arts Program here.