Arts & Cultural Events

Dean of Arts & Cultural Events

Jessica Welsh

Visual Arts & Visual Arts Events – Coordinator

Janet Oliver

OVERVIEW

The Arts encompasses those artistic pursuits that express and communicate what it is to be human through Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts. Through these separate disciplines, we develop, share and pass on to future generations our understandings of ourselves, our histories, our cultures and our worlds. The Arts separately and collectively, can balance and enrich student experience by fostering unique and significant skills and understandings that are transferable to other areas of learning.

The Arts at Holy Spirit College includes six subject areas: Visual Art, Communicating Through Art and Technology (CAT), Media, Music, Drama and Dance. While these areas share a philosophical ideology, each strand is considerably different to the other, providing students with a broad range of learning opportunities. Each area offers a distinctive course of study with unique resources and subject specific experiences. We consider extra-curricular activities, including performance opportunities, to be essential for the development of our young people. Different age groups, subject areas, and abilities are all catered for. Holy Spirit College provides a wide spectrum of experiences and a variety of clubs and groups as part of the club.arts program. All students are welcome to be involved in Arts extra-curricular activities which are held before school, at lunch and after school.

YEAR 7

Year 7 students experience all of the Arts strands on a rotational term basis. The short courses are designed to give students some success and experience in each strand.

Drama

Drama in Year 7 enhances students’ experiences of performance and creative analysis.  Students engage with the style of Clowning, developing movement and vocal skills to enhance audience response.  Students participate in practical and theory activities to create performances and responses which utilise the common elements of Drama.  The skills students develop in Drama assist them to effectively communicate with people, cultures and the world around them.

Dance

Dance contributes skills and knowledge around three central concepts:  choreography, performance and appreciation.  The students have the opportunity to choreograph and perform their own dance sequences, learn and perform a routine choreographed by the teacher, and analyse their peers’ and their own performances.  Dance promotes and strengthens cultural awareness by covering various dance styles and movements utilised in our everyday lives.

Music

Music in Year 7 develops students’ musical performance and analysis skills.  Students discover how the elements of music are combined and manipulated within different styles and genres of music.  The guitar is the main focus of the unit, developing and enhancing students’ performance skills.  Music assists students in developing holistically as individuals through the discrete knowledge, processes and skills obtained through a study of music.

Art

In Art, students explore the Elements of Design using both 2D and 3D media.  The focus is on producing original and creative work while developing skills in Art media and techniques.  Students explore the Elements of Design, developing their visual literacy skills using a variety of art materials.  Inspired by relevant artists, students use their hands as a template to create 3D ceramic textual tiles.

Media

The Media strand equips students for communication in the 21st centry.  Through Media studies, students develop active and critical media literacy as they refine their ability to construct, present, respond to and evaluate a range of multi-media texts.  Students will understand how the media selectively constructs reality through photography and graphic design.

 

YEAR 8
Year 8 students experience all of the Arts strands on a rotational basis. The short courses are designed to give students some success and experience in each strand.

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts aim to develop self-esteem, confidence in, interest in, and appreciation of the Visual Arts. Art, CAT (Communicating through Art & Technology) and Media are explored in Year 8. Practical experience is the essence of the Visual Arts program.

Art: Students explore the Elements of Design using both 2D and 3D media. The focus is producing original and creative work while developing skills in Art media and techniques. Students explore the Elements of Design using a variety of art materials. Students study drawing, painting and 3-D work in Art.

VST (Visual Stories & Technology): Students in this rotational unit have been introduced to the concept of telling a Visual Story through Media Photography, Graphic Design and Information Technology. As director of their own film company, students learned how to create a company logo; studied camera techniques and photographic composition; and used their newly acquired IT skills to develop a digital Photo Story presentation with transitions, effects and music.

Performing Arts
The Performing Arts aim to develop self-esteem, confidence in, interest in, and appreciation of the Performing Arts through the strands of Drama, Dance and Music.

MOS – Magic on Stage (Drama and Dance):
Drama contributes skills in improvisation and role-play mime, movement, vocal dynamics and performance.

Dance contributes skills and knowledge around three central concepts: choreography, performance and appreciation. The students have the opportunity to choreograph and perform their own dance sequences, learn and perform a routine choreographed by the teacher, and analyse their peers’ and their own performances. Dance promotes and strengthens cultural awareness by covering various dance styles and movements utilised in our everyday lives.

Music
Music also contributes to this rich mix of performance skills with familiarisation of music styles and appreciation of various types of music. Practical activities include playing drums and guitar. Students are exposed to classic styles and modern forms.

The Performing Arts provide a rich experience of all facets of performance and promotes valuing of students own work and that of others, broadening to cultural awareness and enjoyment of The Arts in their future lives.

YEAR 9
Art
Art is the development of ideas and feelings through visual language. It is one of the most important means by which people express their innate creativity and communicate concepts visually in their daily lives. In Art the students make and evaluate a range of 2D and 3D forms including painting, printmaking, ceramics and artist books.

Communicating through Art and Technology (CAT)
Art and Design are used to communicate concepts visually in our everyday lives. The Graphic Design Industry is using technology, especially computers, to produce images and advertising, which is so much a part of today’s society. This is an Art subject that has been designed to give students experience in using technology in an artistic way to communicate ideas.

Dance
Dance fulfills many functions in society and uses the human body as an instrument of communication. Dance education aims to improve the student’s understanding of themselves, others and the world. More specially, dance education aims to:

  • provide opportunities for learners to achieve their creative, intellectual and physical potential through exploring, comprehending and altering movement in terms of time, space and energy;
  • establish the value of dance as a performance art in which the body is the medium of expression;
  • explore dance skills and concepts that allow expression of and reflection on life’s issues;
  • develop awareness of and experience in a wide variety of dance styles;
  • cultivate learner’s appreciation of their own and other cultures;
  • foster social skills such as cooperation, sharing and communication;
  • develop personal attitudes such as self-esteem, confidence and individuality;
  • encourage students to express their ideas, thoughts and values;
  • develop informed audiences.

Drama
Drama is a creative, purposeful and disciplined art. Drama is the process by which a person is empowered to make choices, to celebrate and to explore alternative solutions to different problems and difficult situations in a safe learning environment.

Media
The aim of Media is to equip students to live in a global community that communicates through various technologies that combine still and moving images, words and sounds. Media aims to develop more active and critical media users.

Music
Music has always been an integral part of our way of life.  It is used as a form of communication, a language which is universally understood.  In Year 9, Music students develop their skills of composition, performance and musicology.  They explore music of different cultures, develop their understanding and musicology of the Blues music genre, explore the way in which music can be manipulated to evoke emotion, mood and atmosphere through the study of film music and study home grown music in an Australian based unit.

YEAR 10

Semester 1 (Term 1 or 2) Introductory units:

Dance  Human Motion: Look at Me!
Dance education aims to improve students’ understanding of themselves, others and the world. More specifically, dance education aims to:

  • provide opportunities for learners to achieve their creative, intellectual and physical potential through exploring, comprehending and altering movement in terms of time, space and energy.
  • establish the value of dance as a performance art in which the body is the medium of expression.
  • explore dance skills and concepts that allow expression of and reflection on life’s issues.
  • develop awareness of and experience in a wide variety of dance styles.
  • cultivate learners’ appreciation of their own and other cultures.
  • foster social skills such as cooperation, sharing and communication.
  • develop personal attitudes such as self-esteem, confidence and individuality.
  • express their ideas, thoughts and values and develop informed audiences.

The aspects and components of dance that are included as part of the junior and senior dance programs studied within the College differ from what is offered by private Dance schools. Dance education within schools aims to:

  • allow students to experience a multitude of styles rather than one or two very specialised styles.
  • encourage students to explore and manipulate movement through individual choreography and analysis/appreciation rather than focussing primarily on performance.
  • actively develop diverse and well-rounded participators and supporters of dance through the equal study of choreography, performance and appreciation.

DramaMelodrama
Drama is one of the oldest art forms known. It has its origin in the impulse to imitate, symbolise and ritualise experiences in an attempt to understand and control them. Drama aims to provide a medium for exploration, social criticism, celebration and entertainment. It enables students to define and shape their own identity within social and cultural contexts. By blending intellectual and emotional experience, Drama offers a unique means of enquiry that contributes to knowing and understanding the world.

Through Drama education, students:

  • engage in aesthetic learning experiences
  • become critically and actively aware of themselves, of Australia and of the world in which they live
  • develop the ability to use the languages of drama to make and communicate meaning, symbolically represent the world in which they live and deepen their understanding of symbolic representations
  • value the range of social and cultural contexts in which drama is made in Australia and internationally
  • develop functional, critical and cultural literacies through drama
  • build self-discipline, confidence and communication skills and, in so doing be assisted to achieve their unique potential
  • develop skills and understandings that are transferable to a variety of artistic, social and work-related contexts
  • be encouraged to have ongoing involvement in dramatic activities
  • be encouraged to use a range of technologies to support learning.


Music
– The Development of Popular Music
As an essential form of expression and communication, music provides opportunities for aesthetic experiences. It accompanies the important social, cultural, technological, political and educational functions of existence and enhances our celebration of life; enlightening, inspiring, relaxing, entertaining and enriching our lives. Music contributes to learning through the development of aspects such as memory, co-ordination, concentration and inventiveness. Mastery of physical and perceptual skills gives students a sense of achievement, self-confidence and self-esteem. Studies in music, therefore, offer a unique form of self-expression and communication.

A course of study in music encourages students to:

  • develop an enduring love of and lifelong involvement with music.
  • appreciate and study music for its aesthetic value.
  • empathise with music in a variety of styles and contexts.
  • become musically literate and capable of communicating through music, and become informed, articulate participants in the musical life of the community.
  • develop social and personal skills that promote group cooperation, responsibility, confidence and self-esteem.
  • develop their critical faculty and intellect through activities that develop higher-order thinking skills and creative problem-solving abilities.

Art – Art in Everyday Life

This unit introduces the use of Inquiry Learning Model to develop ideas for artworks.  The research, development and reflection process is fundamental to the development of more resolved artworks in this unit.  Students will undertake the critical analysis of artworks and learn to communicate their ideas using symbols, taking their inspiration from everyday life. Reflective self-practice, e.g., self-evaluation, occurs in the recording of the creative development of the folio, i.e. Visual Diary. Students show active participation through analysis and problem solving.

  • Tools of the Designer: Elements and Principles of Design – exercises in composition and media
  • Ceramic Story Pots
  • Screen Printing, Photography and Digital Imaging
  • Appraising Assignment – analysis of an artwork

CAT – (Communicating Through Art and Technology)

This unit focusses on using technology for practical artistic applications and developing communication skills. It is designed to provide practical preparation for employment in the artistic field, namely the Graphic Design Industry. Learning experiences relate to digital imaging, typography, advertising, promotion and desktop publishing. Learning experiences are as real or as life-like as possible, with students undertaking a Design Commission for a business client.

  • Visual Literacy – tools of the designer: exercises
  • Graphic Design – typestyles and their uses, designing logos, business cards, letterheads, advertising
  • Design Commission Task – students acquire a real-life commission from an existing business, e.g. logo design, business cards, brochure, etc.
  • Appraising Test – critique.

Semester 2: Preparation for Senior

The ArtsDance
Dance education aims to improve students’ understanding of themselves, others and the world. More specifically, dance education aims to:

  • provide opportunities for learners to achieve their creative, intellectual and physical potential through exploring, comprehending and altering movement in terms of time, space and energy.
  • establish the value of dance as a performance art in which the body is the medium of expression.
  • explore dance skills and concepts that allow expression of and reflection on life’s issues.
  • develop awareness of and experience in a wide variety of dance styles.
  • cultivate the learner’s appreciation of their own and other cultures.
  • foster social skills such as co-operation, sharing and communication.
  • develop personal attitudes such as self-esteem, confidence and individuality.
  • express ideas, thoughts and values.
  • develop informed audiences

The Arts Drama
Drama is one of the oldest art forms known. It has its origin in the impulse to imitate, symbolise and ritualise experiences in an attempt to understand and control them. Drama aims to provide a medium for exploration, social criticism, celebration and entertainment. It enables students to define and shape their own identity within social and cultural contexts. By blending intellectual and emotional experience, Drama offers a unique means of enquiry that contributes to knowing and understanding the world.

Through Drama education, students:

  • engage in aesthetic learning experiences
  • become critically and actively aware of themselves, of Australia and of the world in which they live
  • develop the ability to use the languages of Drama to make and communicate meaning, symbolically represent the world in which they live and deepen their understanding of symbolic representations
  • value the range of social and cultural contexts in which drama is made in Australia and internationally
  • develop functional, critical and cultural literacies through Drama
  • build self-discipline, confidence and communication skills and, in so doing, be assisted to achieve their unique potential
  • develop skills and understandings that are transferable to a variety of artistic, social and work-related contexts
  • are encouraged to have ongoing involvement in dramatic activities
  • are encouraged to use a range of technologies to support learning.

The ArtsMusic Through the Ages
Music education within the College aims to:

  • allow students to experience many different styles, genres and instruments in music, rather than a focussed study on one particular instrument, genre or style.
  • encourage students to create original works, applying and analysing composition skills
  • actively encourages the development of critical listening skills through aural and visual analysis.

The Arts Visual Arts
The Year 10 Visual Arts program is designed to build upon Years 8 and 9, providing a sound foundation to lead into Senior Art. Students should gain experience in a number of different media and investigate a variety of cultures and art works. The course focusses on students making and appraising images and objects as a lead-up to Senior Art and encompasses Fine Art, Media and Graphic Design disciplines.

Students should develop perceptual and conceptual understandings of visual language, enabling them to be visually literate in the symbol systems and visual communication of cultures and societies, past and present. They engage in experiences to develop personal expression, aesthetic judgement and critical awareness and a sense of satisfaction and enjoyment in making images and objects.

Students are required to document the process of the development of their ideas, reflections and problem solving.

SENIOR
Dance  OP
A Course in Senior Dance aims to:

  • assist all students to achieve their unique potential in and through the arts
  • facilitate the development and expression of the individual physically, intellectually, socially and emotionally
  • enable students to value the human body as an instrument of communication through awareness and control of physical movement
  • encourage students to value individual aesthetic responses
  • foster an appreciation of a range of cultural contexts within Australia and in the rest of the world
  • develop critically informed and aesthetically appreciative audiences of dance in all its contexts
  • explore and develop abilities and skills appropriate to a range of work and other life paths.

Drama  OP
This two-year course aims to promote students’ development and appreciation of Drama by:

  • assisting students to achieve their unique potential through the arts
  • promoting a socially active orientation to the students’ community and the world in which they live
  • exploring and addressing competencies appropriate to a wide range of career and other life paths
  • fostering personal communication skills and social understanding
  • building self-discipline and confidence
  • providing dramatic experience in order to create a critical awareness of the dynamic and changing nature of the world
  • providing aesthetic experience
  • encouraging on-going involvement in dramatic activities
  • providing dramatic experience in order to create a critical awareness of Australia’s multi-cultural heritage and of its dynamic and changing nature
  • giving students the opportunity to develop skills associated with the entertainment industry.

Music  OP
Students live in a world in which music has an important and pervasive presence. As a powerful educative tool, music contributes to the holistic development of the individual. A study of music assists students in understanding and heightening the enjoyment of the arts in their lives and the music heritage of a range of cultures.

A course of study in senior music provides opportunities for students to:

  • enjoy and value music
  • engage confidently in music making, whether at home or in the wider community
  • communicate and express ideas about music
  • develop higher order thinking skills
  • apply audiation through an exploration of the musical elements to analyse repertoire, compose and perform
  • understand sociocultural influences and critically evaluate music across a variety of contexts, genres and styles
  • employ a variety of music related technologies such as instruments, computer software and turntables.

Visual Art – OP
Promote critical, cultural and aesthetic understandings through participation in the processes of the visual art experience. Visual Art encourages students to:

  • make, appraise and display artworks, with confidence and individuality.
  • define and solve problems with the flexibility to negotiate and creatively consider a variety of solutions and processes.
  • examine and affirm personal and community perspectives relating to past and present, social, cultural, spiritual, economic political, environmental and vocational contexts. Evolve a personal aesthetic.
  • be inclusive and appreciative of multiple perspectives and philosophies and the meanings of artworks.
  • explore, appreciate and embrace contemporary visual arts practices and emerging technologies.
  • create informed, active and sustained engagement with, and enjoyment of, the visual arts.