The Arts

The Visual Arts programs include Italian / ART and our Performing Arts programs in MUSIC and DRAMA. All classes attend Art and Music specialist classes each week.

The Performing Arts are a valuable curriculum area and assist in educating the whole child. Music, Drama and Dance in our lives allow an avenue and outlet for creativity, divergent thinking, relaxation, expression, enjoyment and performance. The Arts enable students to develop their capacities by learning about the different practices, disciplines and traditions that have shaped the expression of culture locally, nationally and globally. Students are both artist and audience in the Arts. They make and respond and learn to appreciate the specific ways this occurs in different disciplines. Performing Arts learning is designed to promote enjoyment, engagement, skill and language development and understanding. The students learn through a range of activities, games, songs and dances. They use voice, movement, technology, body percussion and instruments to partake in a range of activities. The Arts contributes to the development of confident and creative individuals and enriches Australian society.

Classroom Music Program

Music education is fundamental to the learning of every individual as music is a language that integrates in all cultures. We aim to stimulate, develop and maintain an interest in and a love of music through the classroom and instrumental music program. Music develops students’ imagination, builds self confidence and strengthens inter-personal skills. Everyone has the opportunity to experience this art form.

Classroom Music Program: Eltham North Primary invokes an exciting music program designed to enable students to learn, explore and create music. All students will have access to a wide range of experiences, from traditional instrumental playing to performance and composition, using some of the most advanced recording and writing programs available. The classroom music program focuses on a variety of learning methods including Kodaly, Orff, Dalcroze and Suzuki while keeping students in touch with the music practices of today.  The blend of methods is designed to produce a high level of engagement, motivation, creativity, learning and most of all FUN.

Each year we hold exciting musicals that develop skills in performance, drama, instrumental playing, singing and dance. In 2016 we have a year 5-6 full production and smaller performance events spaced throughout the year.

 Emperor and Emporess receive a cheer from the roman audience.

Emperor and Emporess receive a cheer from the roman audience.


Each year we hold and exciting school musical that develops skills in performance, Drama, instrumental playing, singing and dance. In 2015 we had a year Prep small production and a year 1 & 2 small production. 

Art Program

We have a beautifully renovated Art room providing excellent facilities for all students. Our program focuses on creating and making artworks. Art teachers, Teresa Sciola and Wendy Hayes ensure the children are engaged in stimulating activities where they can explore with guidance, a wide range of media, materials and equipment.  Throughout the year, all grade levels explore the artistic areas of drawing, painting, collage, printing, modelling, construction, threads and textiles. Within these areas an emerging knowledge of skills, techniques and processes are formed. All children come to Art sessions with a wide range of abilities and these are fostered in a caring, positive, creative and interesting learning environment.

Eltham North Primary School has a wonderful and enduring relationship with local artists and artistically talented people. Students enjoy the opportunity to work with Artists in Residence programs and they have completed beautiful pottery, metal, fabric and painting works that are on display around the school. 


Foundation Level: (Preps)

Prep students are involved in making artworks that express and communicate experiences, observations, ideas and feelings about themselves and their world. Initially, the Preps become familiar with Art room routines, while experimenting with and exploring new media. The students develop a beginning understanding of the Art elements line, colour, pattern and shape. Students are encouraged to use these terms as they share and reflect on their artistic creations.

Areas Of Study:  Drawing, Painting, Printing, Construction, Collage, Modelling, Threads and Textiles

Skills developed include:

·       Establishing art room routines and safe practices

·       Learning to hold tools such as pencils, crayons and brushes correctly

·       Learning the qualities of each tool

·       Developing a beginning Art vocabulary

·       Experimenting with a variety of lines to create different shapes

·       Exploring different ways of applying paint

·       Making prints with a variety of objects

·       Constructing a model using a variety of recycled material.

·       Experimenting with joining methods

·       Using a variety of modeling mediums, discovering what can be done using rolling and pinching skills

·       Exploring, sorting and classifying fabrics according to colour, texture, pattern or feel

Level One and Two

In Level 1 and 2 ‘Creating and Making’ encapsulates the program. Students are required to make and share visual art works emerging from a range of stimuli and starting points. The creative process in Level One and Two involves the use of imagination, experimentation, planning, Art elements, media and equipment.  Reflection and discussions about artwork enables students to self-evaluate and refine their work.

Areas Of Study:  Drawing, Painting, Printing, Construction, Collage, Modelling, Threads and Textiles

Skills developed include:

·       Spatial awareness in drawing, eg drawing images on, under, above, near etc

·       Use of shape and line design to create images.

·       Art elements: line, shape, colour, texture

·       Foreground/background

·       Art safety practices

·       Primary/secondary/warm/cool colours, colour mixing, the colour wheel, colour selection

·       Brush techniques and selection

·       Exploring different ways of applying paint and different paint types eg water colour, acrylic

·       Appreciation and discussion of artwork (key features/how it was created)

·       Single and all over prints/prints in combination, printing for a purpose such as wrapping paper

·       3D structures, attachment techniques from a variety of materials

·       Coiling, rolling, joining and flattening techniques.

·       Composition and structure of fabrics/threads

·       Simple weaving

·       Using collage to highlight and define artwork

Level 3 and 4  

‘Creating and Making’ and ‘Exploring and Responding’ provide the framework for the level 3 and 4 program. Students use a range of skills, techniques, processes, media, and equipment to create artwork. Students explore and respond to Art by identifying key art elements, techniques and processes used. Students are required to discuss feelings and purposes of their own and other people’s artwork.  These discussions enable students to re- evaluate and refine their own art piece. Throughout the year the key artistic areas of drawing, painting, printing, collage, construction, modelling, threads and textiles are covered.

Skills developed include:

·       Colour wheel, colour mixing, tonal variation, primary/secondary/complementary colours

·       Drawing images symmetrically balanced

·       Foreground/background / main focal point

·       Line and shape to create images

·       Art elements: line, shape, colour, texture, tone

·       Revision of brush selection and technique

·       Paint types and selection

·       Appreciation and responding to art. (Areas covered include: intentions, key features, outside influences, creation methods, similarities/differences, feelings and moods)

·       Designing and material selection

·       Safety practices

·       Collage techniques through a study of artist/illustrator Jeannie Baker

·       Printing to create an image, printing from a made form eg. potato print/print from printing foam

·       Modelling- rolling, coiling, joining techniques, etching, etching designs

·       Weaving, textile and thread identification, using fabrics and threads for a designated purpose

·       Using recycled objects to produce a meaningful 3D art form.

Level 5 and 6

Creating and Making

Students independently experiment with and apply a range of skills, techniques and processes using a variety of materials and equipment to plan, develop, refine, make and present art works. In their art work, they communicate ideas and understandings about themselves and others, incorporating influences from their own and other cultures and times.

Exploring and Responding

Students discuss traditional and contemporary art works using appropriate language. They interpret and compare key features of art works. They identify and describe influences on their own work and the purpose for which various art pieces are created.

Areas Of Study:  Drawing, Painting, Printing, Construction, Collage, Modelling, Threads and Textiles

Skills developed include:

·       Using repeated, lines, shapes and size variations to create patterns.

·       Manipulating lines to create perspective.

·       Developing styles of painting and investigating the impact art has on society.

·       Learning to etch into foam plate using a pencil.

·       Making multiple prints to create design.

·       Developing a freestanding form with a given base.

·       Designing, creating, decorating and presenting an art form with moveable parts.

·       Developing a model with multiple parts.

·       Learning how to add decorative features to a solid form.

·       Making simple 3D padded forms choosing appropriate materials.

·       Designing a pattern and using it to make a small fabric garment.

·       Responding to their own and others art works using personal observations.

·       Interpreting, speculating and recognizing the expressive qualities and artists’ intentions.


Students have been studying famous artist Andy Warhol and "Pop Art". They created their own stencil for printing with a pop culture theme.Then they printed using their stencil, fluorescent paint, rollers and a repeated pattern theme that Andy Warhol was famous for.

ENPS students re-create the Andy Warhol pop art style.

Student putting together a craft display. 

Montsalvat:  As part of a 'Light and Seeing' Unit, Level 2 and 3 students experienced an exciting art excursion to magical Montsalvat, touring its art galleries and grounds with Jenni Mitchell and Dale Cox,  both very respected and talented Eltham artists.

On the sloping, lushly green grounds at Montsalvat, Jenni and Dale conducted a plein air workshop. With the opportunity to avail of Jenni and Dale’s expertise, our very inspired students were encouraged to depict their environment by observing light, colour and form. Yet again, our students, always serious about their artwork, gave us great reason for pride. The day provided another opportunity for our many blossoming and talented artists at Eltham North to really shine.   

Student Reflections of their visit :

  • It was brilliant cause I liked looking around where the artists lived in . It felt magical.
  • We learnt a lot about all kinds of art. It felt like it was in the olden days.
  • I liked the peacock. Some paintings were funny and some were really detailed .
  • It was awesome because we did paintings and we explored the place.
  • I enjoyed doing the painting of the pond and all the shading. I liked the studio.
  • I thought it was really nice the way they set it out. I learnt how the artists painted.
  • I liked the picture Jenni drew of the sun coming down on the water.
  • It felt magical because of all the colours around you. I learnt about new techniques.
  • I liked the abstract paintings. I enjoyed looking at all the amazing paintings.
  • Most of the paintings looked real. The person who drew the cartoon pictures was really talented.
  • I liked the painting of Antarctica. I found it interesting the way they had initials in the doorways.
  • I like the black and white painting where you could imagine everything.
  • I thought most of the paintings were photos because they were so detailed.
  • I liked how the pictures were designed and there were carvings in the beams.
  • I liked how when you half shut your eyes the paintings looked more realistic.
  • I liked the painting of the sunset . It looked real.
  • I thought it was fun doing the paintings at the lake. The paintings were very interesting.
  • I liked the buildings because they were made out of lots of different materials.
  • I liked the gothic sort of church. It felt spooky down under the great hall.
  • I liked the lead light glass - the patterns.
  • The buildings had swirly patterns in the windows and lots of detail.
  • The stained glass were really interesting- they had pictures in them and the glass was curved.
  • I especially liked the painting of the glass - when Jenni explained how to see a glass.
  • The clay models looked real - in your imagination you could see them moving.

Working with the visiting artists our year 1 - 4 students produced some amazing water colour drawings. Bringing their own bottled water and clipboards to draw upon, students used water soluble pencils for their art work at Montsalvat. Lessons at school, which included Dale Cox's "light and shading" workshop, had already provided our students with plenty of experience with using this art media. Building up colours with the control of a pencil, students brush over their finished work with a wet brush for a water colour effect.

Drawing: As part of our Unit of work in Drawing, a Cartoon Drawing Workshop was organised for all Grades 3 to 6. The student were highly motivated, engaged and achieving fantastic results!

A real highlight of their Art lessons so far this term. The workshop was taken by a professional cartoonist Brett Cardwell, who is well known for many beautiful murals he has created in the Northern area. Watch out for his up coming mural in our school !!!!


Foundation Level: (Preps)

The Foundation Music Program is designed to introduce students to the creative world of performing arts in a fun and energetic way through activities that promote enjoyment, engagement, skill development, understanding and a sense of musicianship.  This term students explore music through their own voices, percussion and pitched instruments, rhyming and rhythmic games, improvised movement and structured dance.  The program facilitates the development of performance skills in addition to the use of fables and folk tales to stimulate imaginative discussion as a primer for theatrical story telling and puppetry.  Music terminology is modeled in context with the lessons and students are guided in developing awareness of self within space.  During Term 1 we are warming up to participating in a performance space with a focus on exploring our voices and the concept of beat.

Level One

The level 1 students begin a journey of basic notation and its connection to beat their own movements.  Student will also conduct a unit of work on soundscape.  This unit will have students explore music in nature and the world around them and how they can create music from everyday sounds.  Students will lastly be apart of the whole school choir program and have performances throughout the year.

Level Two

The level 2 students will be introduced to the orchestra through the brilliant Music of Sergei Prokofiev and the story of Peter and the wolf.  This study will give students an understanding of how high and low frequencies can be used to represent actions in characters and how instruments can be linked to drama.

Level Three

The level 3 students are studying the many aspects of the orchestra through, Garage band, classics for kids and Final note pad.  Students explore each section of the orchestra, how they sound what they look like and how sound is produced with a goal of understanding how they relate to each other.  Students will then use Final note pad to compose a small orchestral musical score.

Level Four

The level 4 students are conducting a unit on how to play in a band.  Students are reading basic notation while playing on pitched and non-pitched instruments in a variety of styles.  Students learn skills in listening, playing to a beat working in large groups and following a conductor.

Level Five

The level 5 students are beginning to explore time signatures with a focus on understanding simple and compound meter. Students will explore time signature and there relationship to music they listen to today.  Through the new whole school coral program students will be exploring the uses of harmony with hands on experience of how it works and how to apply it.  Towards the end of the term students will begin rehearsals for this years senior musical.

Level Six

The students in level 6 are extending their knowledge of time signatures through hands on application to music and exploration in garage band.  In conjunction with time signatures students look at more complex notation and the introduction of dotted notes, and dotted rests.  Students will also explore how to read complex rhythms through instrumental workshops and exciting games.  Towards the end of the term students will begin practice towards this years senior musical.

 Carnivale Celebration

Carnivale Celebration