The Art facilities at Eltham North are spacious and light filled. It is in this beautiful environment students’ growth as artists begins. The Art teachers ensure the children are engaged in stimulating activities where they can explore with guidance, a wide range of media and equipment. Throughout the year, all students explore the artistic areas of drawing, painting, collage, printing, modelling, construction, threads & 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.
Visual Arts includes the fields of art, craft and design. Students create visual art works that communicate, challenge and express their own and others’ ideas. They develop perceptual and conceptual understanding, critical reasoning and practical skills through exploring and expanding their understanding of their world and other worlds.
Learning in Visual Arts involves students making and responding to artworks, drawing on the world as a source of ideas. Students engage with and develop knowledge of visual arts, skills, techniques and processes, and use materials as they explore a range of forms, styles and contexts.
Foundation 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.
In Year 1 and 2 ‘Creating and Making’ encapsulates the program. Students are required to make and share 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.
‘Creating and Making’ and ‘Exploring and Responding’ provide the framework for the year 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 artwork.
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. 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.