Visual Art at APPS


In Art sessions we communicate with images instead of words. For most students, this is a welcome change but also presents a challenge. Expressing an idea or conveying a message without resorting to talking or writing requires some lateral thinking. Our Visual Arts program encourages art making as well as exploring art from other artists and cultures. Understanding why other people have made art helps students to appreciate why it is vital to our wellbeing.

Interpreting other artists’ work can often require some careful investigation and discussion. Students discover ways to interpret the messages hidden inside paintings, sculptures or installations and are encouraged to look carefully for the clues that each artist has left. As we explore the work, the students develop a greater appreciation for Art and the artist. Discovering how other artists have approached similar problems helps to broaden our own ideas. How did JMW Turner make the sea look so wild? Why do Andy Warhol’s prints stand out? What is the meaning of all those patterns in indigenous paintings?

From Prep, students are encouraged to use their imagination and experiences to make artworks. By Level 1 and 2 students begin to observe what is happening around them and can communicate a wider range of experiences through their artwork. In Level 3 and 4 we look to other cultures and artists to broaden the range of techniques and understand what motivates others to make art. By Level 5 and 6, students are encouraged to make their own choices about which materials to use to best express their ideas. As well as fulfilling the need to play, build and create, in Art, students also develop drawing skills, critical and creative thinking skills and fine motor skills.