Visual Arts

Traditionally at OSPS, Prep students create a framed portrait for the Prep Art Show which demonstrated their developing skills. Preps also enjoy learning about artists such as Monet, Kandinsky, Mondrain and Warhol. They will explore techniques used by famous artists while creating artworks which integrate the themes they are investigating in their Prep classrooms.

The Year 1 and Year 2 Art program also reflect topics of each term. Students will use cut and paste techniques to create collages and line and shade to draw portraits.

The Year 3 art program builds on the philosophy of the sustainable village. The students focus on looking after themselves, the village animals and the environment, creating works using craft and textiles. One of the most integral parts of the Year 3 art program is that almost all of the materials they use are recyclable.

Senior students in Year 4, 5 and 6 are given the opportunity to engage in both theoretical perspectives and practical applications within a range of Visual Art forms. Students have hands on experience with a range of visual art materials, techniques and processes. The outcome to these practical explorations offer students strategies for learning the arts curriculum as well as including ways of meeting the challenge of integrating their learning throughout the classroom. During classes students spend time responding to visual arts works and examining ways to develop aesthetic literacy as well as produce both two and three dimensional art works in both group and independent learning environments.

In Year 4 students look at classic components of an art work composition and how they are used by artists to structure, design and communicate their expressive ideas.

In Year 4explore basic design elements and principles ides in components of visual arts will explore design concepts while questioning ideas of self, fashion and popular culture and their concepts of societies around the world.

In Year 6 we develop design principals or conventions in art and how they may refer to aspects of composition and how they can be used to identify and describe compositional relationships. Students will look at shape and line in stain glass window designs, mixed media sculpture, street art, festivals as well as developing valuable drawing and painting skills.

By the completion of their primary years art experience it is hoped that the ideas and devices that bring diverse elements in the art works are reinforced by the students (artists) relationships and intention, most often referred to as an understanding and appreciate of the arts, elements, principles and concepts.