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Creative Arts

The Creative Arts involves the subjects of Drama, Music, Visual Arts and Photography, Video and Digital Media. Students are offered opportunities both in the classroom and in a variety of extra-curricular activities. St Clare’s is well known for excellent results in all subject areas both in our region and across the diocese.

In Drama, Music, Photography, Video and Digital Imaging and Visual Arts, students can investigate, shape and symbolically represent ideas, feelings, attitudes and beliefs. By studying these art forms students acquire skills in interpretation, communication, performance and critical analysis and become aware of the technical processes and technologies that may be used to heighten their representations of the world around them.

Creative Arts subjects can be employed as a technique for exploring personal and community issues and developing social skills. They cater for a broad range of students from varying social and cultural backgrounds. The Creative Arts allow for the exploration of attitudes and values of many groups in Australian society as students make, perform and critically study aspects of drama, music and art in Australian and other societies and cultures. Students at St Clare’s learn through this program of study the values of respect, tolerance and an appreciation of other cultural beliefs and opinions.

The aim of this faculty is to ensure that all students develop their creative potential in Drama, Music, Photography, Video and Digital Imaging and Visual Arts. We strive to establish programs which provide learning opportunities that encourage the enjoyment and promote self-esteem which come from involvement with performance and in the making of art.

We aim to develop in our students an appreciation for and value of the contribution artists, both visual and performing, make to our society and to encourage students to recognise within themselves, their unique capacity to express their ideas, making their own contributions to the world around them.

We aim to develop skills in making, performing and critically studying the Creative Arts. We aim to assist students to develop original and artistic ideas and to be able to show these in a public display or in performance. Further, we seek to develop the potential within our students to apply these skills to work, further study, training or leisure. We aim to foster within our students respect in every way for the artistic work and oral traditions of others.

The Creative Arts faculty places great value on the development of student’s intellectual and practical autonomy, reflective action, critical judgement and the understanding of the role that creative and performing arts plays in the development of the “whole” person. The faculty also works to inculcate in the students the belief that the value of a civilization is measured by its cultural achievements. The students are encouraged to value cultural pursuits for both a professional oriented purpose and for leisure purposes.

The faculty offers a wide range of opportunities for students to develop their own interests, to be self- motivated and active learners who can take responsibility for and continue their own learning in school and post-school settings.

This philosophy should be implemented by involving the faculty in the following aims:

  • To provide tasks which develop the students creative potential to perform or display
  • To display the creative results either by performing at school events or hanging of artworks around the school.
  • By encouraging the students by regular assessment and feedback for their efforts.
  • To open the range of experience through excursions, incursions so that students learn from the efforts of others in the Creative Arts
  • To development an awareness of the WH&S requirement within each discipline.
  • To have due regard for the personal development of students so that each may achieve at their own level
  • To be aware and facilitate the individual learning styles of all students and to put in place alternative programs so that students with learning difficulties are facilitated within the class.
  • To provide relevant and achievable assessment strategies
  • To demonstrate the value of Creative Art to a wider audience by putting on public displays.     

Stage 4 (Years 7- 8)

Music and Visual Arts are both compulsory in years 7 and 8 and have a mandatory 100 hours.

In Music students will Patterns in Music; Popular Music including Rock and Jazz; Music for Film, Television and Radio. The focus is on Performance, Composition and Listening.

In Visual Arts students will explore the mediums of Drawing, Printmaking, Painting and Sculpture by exploring the themes of Aboriginal Art, Ceramics, Australian Landscape, Depth and Perspective and Surrealism.

Stage 5 (Years 9- 10)

Students may select from the following 200 hour courses: Drama, Music, Visual Arts and Photography, Video and Digital Imaging.

In Drama students will explore Melodrama, Improvisation, Playbuilding, Physical Theatre, Scripted Drama, Monologue and Group Performance.

In Music students will focus is on Performance, Composition and Listening through the study of Music of Other Cultures, Pioneers of Rock, Classical Hits and Jazz Music.  

In Photography, Video and Digital Media students will explore Surrealist Photography and editing through Photoshop, Appropriation, Cultural Photography, animation, Film and Video and studio Photography.

In Visual Arts students will explore the mediums of Drawing, Printmaking, Ceramics, Painting and Sculpture by exploring the themes of Social Justice, Architecture etching, Organic Ceramics, Impressionism and self-image.

Stage 6 (Years 11- 12)

Senior students can select from the following from the following 240 hour courses: Drama, Music and Visual Arts. (Music 2 is offered by correspondence in a class combining all senior schools across the Diocese)