Visual Art is a powerful and pervasive means by which students make images and objects and communicate meaning and understanding from informed perspectives. In a world of increasing communication technologies, knowledge and understanding of how meanings are constructed and “read” is fundamental to becoming a critical consumer and/or producer of artworks.
Visual Art prepares young people for a future in the workforce by requiring them to seek creative solutions to complex design problems, think divergently and use higher order learning skills to articulate an informed and individualised aesthetic (style/expression). At a time when creativity is sought by industry, visual art significantly contributes to the design and manufacture of images and objects needed for living. Artists, designers and craftspeople reflect identity and document culture through persuasive and inventive ideas.
Art is one of the most important means by which students may develop as individuals. It is one of the few subjects that allow the pupils’ own observations, ideas, feelings, judgements and experiences to become part of the learning process. As a result, students are encouraged to become more independent, self-directing and take some part in determining their own learning.
Art is offered as a core subject in Years 7 and 8, and as an elective in all other Year levels. From Year 10 students can study specifically in photography and other niche areas of visual art. Students of Visual Art participate in a number of field trips, including annual trips to Brisbane and North Keppel Island.
Student work is recognised within the college community, and is displayed annually in the Emmaus College Turning on the Talent exhibition.