The context of Visual Art provides students at Halls Head College with real opportunities to develop an understanding and appreciation of the Arts, technical skills and personal and original ideas as they learn to express themselves through a variety of art media in both two and three dimensional formats in state of the art facilities.
Visual Art courses across the middle and senior school to develop skills in planning, drawing, design development of ideas and media experimentation and manipulation along with the concepts and theory of art.
The ability to problem-solve and adapt through both experimentation and research are increasingly seen as necessary life skills and these are integral to all course outcomes.
Courses are structured to assist students to extend their understanding of theory and develop technical skills and work to high standards.
The Arts have acquired some state of the art facilities and for Visual Arts this means students at the College have access to 3 Architecturally designed and built Art Studios including a large fully equipped Ceramics and Sculpture Studio and attached workshop space, two 2D studios, including a multimedia studio, which allow students opportunities to gain real experiences in the contemporary Visual Art environment. The facilities are not only some of the best in the region but across the state.
The value and appreciation of the arts in our own and other cultures is also integral to all courses with students learning historical backgrounds to prevailing arts movements and their own arts heritage.
Students in Visual Arts courses also learn how to read/interpret artworks and develop critical analysis skills that assist them to make informed judgments about their work and that of others.
The context of Visual Art promotes visual literacy which enables students to analyse the ever increasing and complex visual imagery that permeates our culture. As a result, students become more discerning and critical about their visual environment and are better equipped to function effectively.
Visual Art is an Academic subject which includes a great deal of practical work. Students have the opportunity to work in the following studio areas:
- Drawing and Design Development. [ creative thinking and planning ];
- Practical Arts [ group, community or school based art projects ];
- Graphic Design;
- Art theory and Appreciation.
Year 7 and 8 students rotate through all Arts contexts in short experiential programs that consolidate and build on prior learning and allow students to access basic skills needed to go forward in their chosen areas of study.
Students have the opportunity to select courses of specialisation from Year 9 onwards in either semester or year length courses.
For our senior school students we run CUV20111 Certificate II in Visual Art as well as ATAR Art and General Visual Art Courses to cater for all levels of specialisation and vocational direction and preparation for continuing study in the Arts.
Resident Artists and visits to Artists’ studios, and links to Central Institute of Technology, provide students with rewarding opportunities to expand their work and gain an understanding of contemporary arts practice and thinking.
An extensive exhibition program both in school, locally and across the state exists and students are encouraged to enter their works in the numerous group and award exhibitions available.
There are many career directions where an Art Education can be a benefit including:
Architecture; Photography; Hair dressing; Drafting; Teaching; Gallery and Arts Management; Landscape design; Interior Design; Fashion Design; Jewellery Design; Product design; Mural Artist; Community Arts; Web and game design; Graphic Design; Costume and Theatre design; Fine Art and Commercial printing.