All Visual Arts students in Years 7-10 complete both practical and theoretical units. A theme is presented and students follow a process of exploration of ideas and experimentation with media leading to resolution of artworks.
The Preliminary Course in Visual Arts is broad in terms of both practical and theoretical components. The Higher School Certificate (HSC) course allows students to specialise in the medium and concept of their choice, culminating in a 'body of work'. Five case studies are completed, allowing for deeper, more independent investigation.
Effective teaching in the Visual Arts requires an environment that is conducive to learning. Where difference and creativity are celebrated and learning through doing is encouraged, where collaboration and advancement of knowledge and skills are continuous. Successful Visual Arts teaching also requires a substantial amount of expertise by skilled and experienced professionals which is available from current staff at Tara Anglican School for Girls.
Students work in many areas including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, textiles, computer digital imaging, multi-media, design, film and animation. These can also be the focus for the submitted HSC artworks.
Students work in various forms to investigate a theme of their choice using installation, drawing, painting and digital media, with an emphasis on the Postmodern frame. The work is to provide a similar experience to the HSC, allowing more independent decision making and experimental processes.
Students are encouraged to investigate a theme and form a personal interest through experimentation, investigation and resolution. Students are consistently chosen to exhibit their works in the NESA Art Express exhibition. The majority of students obtain exemplary results within Bands 5 or 6. Student HSC work is collected and exhibited around the School to celebrate the high standard of the works.
We hold an annual exhibition of students' work from both Junior School and Senior School (ELC to Year 12), displaying students' work to the local community of Tara and allowing them to partake in the curatorial process of setting up, arranging and dismounting an art exhibition.
Regular excursions to museums, galleries and public spaces provide the students further insight and knowledge into the extended Artworld. Senior students visit exhibitions such as Art Express, The Powerhouse Design exhibition and The Archibald. Junior excursions visit public spaces such as The Royal Botanic Gardens, The Sydney Aquarium and Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi.
An excellent art centre, with five light and airy specialist studios, allows painting, print making, textiles, sculpture, ceramics, drawing, design, photography and video production to be offered. These studios include a specialist black and white photography room, a ceramics room and senior Years 11 and 12 rooms.
Extra Curricular Activities
The Visual Arts department offers additional workshops and specialist days encouraging participation and interaction between students from all years. Activities include Fun In Senior School (FISS Day), where Year 6 students are exposed to a day in the life of high school. Creative Arts Day allows students to participate in an intensive day long course to gain expertise in a particular media area. Tara house banner competition is an annual house competition for Walker, Waugh, Crawford and Hake involving students from Years 7-11 in the design and creation of a new house banner.
Students participate and consistently win scholarships to an HSC Intensive course with the National Art School.
The visual arts department offers additional holiday workshops and after school courses to enrich learning in areas such as ceramics, black and white and digital photography and art for junior students. Please see the Tara Enrichment Centre page for more information.