The Year 8 program is designed as an introductory course aimed at fostering enthusiasm, self-confidence and enjoyment within the visual arts. Students experiment with a variety of media by completing projects in the major studio areas of drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Students are also encouraged to develop their observational drawing skills and are taught the importance of the elements and principles of art and design in their own work and in the art work of others.
The Year 9 course builds on and extends the skills learnt in the Year 8 introductory course .Within the main studio areas students are again expected to develop ideas by observing the world around them and then to extend these concepts through imagination, and creative thinking. The main studio areas of painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture are again covered in this course, however, the media and processes are more challenging.
A willingness to learn new skills and experiment with ideas in art making is essential for those students who elect to undertake the Year 10 Visual Arts course as they are the students who are most likely to go on to complete a TEE Art or Art and Design course in years 11 and 12. In preparation for their choices in upper-school the year 10 course aims to develop the students analytical and practical skills as well as encourage imagination, exploration and creative thinking so that their concepts are brought to fruition.
With the exception of Year 10 where the student works through projects over a semester, the projects in years 8 and 9 are independent from term to term to cater for those students who choose to do art for more than a term. Each project has four components planned according to the Curriculum Framework and covers the key Arts Outcomes.
Year 11 & 12
The new 2A 2B course covers the practices of Production, Investigation and Critical Analysis and requires practitioners to combine knowledge, imagination, appreciation and evaluation. These aspects are necessary for perception, creative thinking and self-expression; for critical awareness and the development of practical skills in the visual arts. The upper school course sees the student developing their theoretical awareness and processes and skills in the thematic areas of “Differences” in semester one and ”Identities” in semester two. The successful completion of these units is required before students can commence 3A 3B in Yr 12. In conjunction with the practical aspects of the course, a theory component will cover developments in national and international art practises of the modern and post-modern realm.
Annual Art Exhibition
The annual art exhibition is a highlight on the Guildford Grammar School calendar and is the result of the Guildford Art Supporters aim in bringing together a survey of contemporary art practice in Western Australia.
Artist in Residence Program
The artist-in-residence program was established in 2007 and has proven to be an immensely popular and enriching experience for those boys studying art. The program has reached a level such that it now attracts artists of a national and international level willing to work along side the boys in a luxurious studio space overlooking the Guildford wetlands.
Art Rock Cafe
One evening per term the Guildford Art Supporters present the Art Rock Café, an informal gathering where the school community can be enthralled as a visiting artist presents their ideas and work .
In 2006 a scholarship was established to assist the best Yr 12 art student with their tertiary studies in any field of art and design.
As an extension of the curriculum a planned four day camp is undertaken to a range of destinations that have included in the past Rottnest, Lancelin and Guilderton. The camp is designed to allow the boys to immerse themselves in their project work by drawing and painting in the field before returning to the studio to extend their ideas.
In conjunction with the professional artists being exhibited at the annual exhibition we also showcase a fantastic range of recently completed student work that encompasses work from the preparatory school right up to Yr 12.