WHSC Visual Arts department provides all students with a range of artistic experiences from Year 7 – 12. From painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and photography to multimedia and visual communication and design. Each year students have the opportunity to enter an Art Competition encouraging art making outside of school time.
Our annual College magazine also provides students with the opportunity to be involved in creative design tasks. Student leadership is further encouraged in The Arts with our Art Captains being involved in set design for the annual College production and other artistic endeavors.
Each year we celebrate student achievement with an Art Show that displays the wide range of student artwork created throughout the year.The exhibition also showcases the talents of our Technology and Design students. Our official opening night also provides and opportunity for the Performing Arts and Food Technology students to be involved.
The Studio Arts course has been designed to develop student’s ability to establish effective art practices through the application of a design process and the production of a cohesive folio of artworks. The design process enables students to explore ideas and sources of inspiration that contribute to their folio of artworks. Students experiment with materials and techniques, practice specialised skills in a range of selected art forms, including, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Film or Ceramics.
The theoretical component is structured to inform the student’s own visual arts practice. There is a focus on visual analysis and the understanding of how artists have interpreted sources of information and developed distinctive styles in their artwork. Students are taken on a journey of an artist. How artists develop ideas, manipulate materials and techniques, market, preserve and exhibit their work. They become more familiar with the process of art making from conception to exhibiting.
Students of VCE Studio Arts have access to three art specialist areas. There is a darkroom, a classroom mainly utilised for creating 2 dimensional artworks and a classroom for creating three dimensional artworks. Students also have access to the Wood and Metal Technology areas as required.