Art at Wantirna Primary School, is celebrated and valued as a form of communication, self expression and beautification of our school. We have a strong Arts Program that runs across the whole school, which includes Visual Arts, Performing Arts, incorporating both Music and Drama in weekly lessons. At WPS, we also offer extra curricular opportunities to learn individual instruments and participate in singing groups.
The Visual Arts program at Wantirna Primary School nurtures and extends students creativity, interest and skills. It engages and challenges students to explore and develop ideas with confidence and enjoyment.
The program focuses on exploring materials, learning skills and expressing their students’ experiences and ideas through open ended activities. Students are engaged in developing technical skills and refinement of their own work. They explore concepts through looking at different art styles, cultures and historical perspectives. We reflect upon how these concepts influence their own ideas and art work. Individual ideas and creative interpretations of activities are encouraged.
Students are encouraged to plan, develop, refine and evaluate their own ideas and work. They develop their awareness of influences on their work from different cultures and times. The joining of different skills in new ways is encouraged as is the confidence to try new ideas in a supportive environment. Students also develop their ability to articulate their ideas and explain their own and other's work.
Activities are based on the art areas of drawing, painting, construction, puppetry, textiles, modelling and printing.
The Performing Arts program is a weekly session which focuses on developing an understanding of performance-based art. In the first half of the year, students learn the foundations of music, including understanding about rhythm, beat, dynamics, melody and harmony. Students learn through a variety of hands-on activities, including creating their own music pieces. Students also learn about the orchestra and how various instruments influence music.
Students also get many opportunities to showcase their learning through performances both in class and for the wider school community.
In the second half of the year, students develop their understanding of drama, through learning about stage direction, impromptu and scripted performances and how movement creates stories.
Again students are offered many opportunities to demonstrate their understanding through performances both to their peers within class and to our wider community during assemblies and open days and culminates in our annual Whole School production in Term 3.