“Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.”
– Maria Montessori
Creativity is highly valued at our school and the fostering of the creative process is woven throughout the curriculum however discreet art sessions operate in all cycles. These are programmed in collaboration with classroom teachers and often have cross-curricular links with, for example, science, mathematics, media studies and English.
Projects often incorporate excursions or incursions and students have in the past visited the Art Gallery of WA, Perth Zoo, Herdsman Lake and the WA Museum for inspiration. An art exhibition takes place biannually and work is also on display throughout the year.
The art programs incorporate the design process and as such are comprised of observational drawing, art skills and processes, elements and principles of art, design development and aspects of art history relevant to the topic. Children may complete projects in craft, drawing, painting and sculpture.
The emphasis of the programs is more on process rather than product however there is a focus on each child striving to reach their creative potential. In addition, children are encouraged to reflect on and discuss their own work and that of others and to see themselves as having valid and important ideas and skills to communicate to wider society. As a result projects are often open-ended and inclusive so that all children have the opportunity to succeed.