At St Pius X P S every student from Foundation Year to Grade Six receives a weekly art lesson. Ms. Wonda Ball teaches Visual Arts to all students on Wednesdays. She has a Graduate Diploma in Art Education and a Bachelor of Fine Art. Ms Wonda (as she is known to the students) looks forward to teaching, inspiring, facilitating and witnessing our young artist’s creative endeavours at St Pius X! Art classes take place in the designated Art room and are an hour long.
Art smocks are required for each lesson, an old business shirt or apron is suitable. Fabric shirts are more effective than plastic ones as the children can dry their hands on them, the fabric weave breathes and they are much cooler in warm weather. The art room also has a collection of smocks which can be borrowed.
Every young artist will in the school receive a Visual Arts folio in which to store their art work as well as keeping a record of their art progress throughout their schooling at St Pius X Primary School.
The aim of teaching and learning about the world of art is to build students’ confidence in their own creative abilities, develop an interest in different art media and genres, to experiment with ideas, reflect upon their work, make discoveries about different cultures and develop an appreciation of the arts well beyond the classroom.
Visual Arts education focuses upon the elements of art: line, colour, tone, pattern, shape, form, space shape, form and texture. These elements are taught through the media of: modelling, construction, textiles, painting, collage, drawing and printmaking.
The Visual Arts Program is divided into two main areas which form the program content at each grade level. These areas are:
Arts Practice where students
- Use their imagination to express themselves
- Learn skills, techniques and processes to create visual art works
- Explore and develop ideas
- Manipulate a variety of drawing, painting, printmaking, textile, media, modelling and construction, materials and tools
- Share their art works with others.
Responding to the Arts where students
- Look at, talk about and recognise a range of visual arts
- Respond to visual arts in a personal way
- Look at art works and learn that they are made at different times for a variety of purposes and by different artists.
Although the art classes are planned and directed to appropriate grade levels, all the activities are fluid to allow students to work at their own ability level. Where appropriate, the activities done in art lessons will be related to classroom inquiry units, so that the program is not isolated but integrated into the whole school curriculum and other key learning areas. Visual Arts enable students, including EAL students, to communicate in powerful ways that go beyond their spoken language ability. Through Visual Arts, students can begin to construct an understanding of their community, their environment, their own feelings and emotions and to develop their cultural awareness.
How parents can support the Visual Arts Program
- Be curious, enthusiastic and talk to your child about their art works. Praise their efforts to boost their confidence and self-esteem.
- Have a special place in the house to display artwork – (child’s room, refrigerator, back of a door etc.). Even if the artwork is displayed for a short time, your child will appreciate your interest.
- Visit the corridor displays with your child/ren.
- If you have an art related skill, please let the school know. You may enjoy sharing your knowledge and skill as a guest tutor with the art students.