It is our ambition to provide opportunities for our boys to make artistic works that represent a range of ideas including social, cultural, political and personal points of view. We want our students to recognise and value how different opinions and views about the world are communicated in artistic works from different times and places, including that of national identity, spirituality, religious beliefs, traditions, stereotypes, gender issues, politics, cultural identities and artistic practices. Our teaching practice is centred on making artistic expressions that become images, signs, symbols, codes and conventions that communicate to an audience the intentions of the author.
Our students work collaboratively and learn to work cooperatively and to consider the responses of others, and respect other points of view in relation to artistic expression providing opportunities for students to reflect upon their personal lives; and then externalise emotions pertaining to the issues of modern and contemporary Australian society in which the student interacts.
We believe students should learn that making artistic works is a way to interpret and communicate different ideas, issues and interests about the world. Situated in the sunny rooms looking onto the quadrangle - the Visual Art department is a warm, lively and creative place to be.
Whilst many schools in the ACT struggle to convince boys to study Visual Art, St Edmunds has healthy enrolments and caters for boys with a keen interest in visual arts, to those wishing to pursue a career in the art and design industry.
The Middle School Years
The Middle School places a great deal of emphasis on the role of art in education during these precious years.
In year seven students start to discover the building blocks of art with a compulsory term of art making which includes the elements of art. the principles of art, colour theory, the self portrait, geometric and organic shapes, composition, complimentary colours and perspective.
In Year 8
Students can choose art as an elective subject expanding their skills and techniques while studying the art of pre history, Aboriginal rock art its mythology and the Dreaming. Ancient Egyptian art and Greek and Roman art.
The Renaissance period its Geography its values and Philosophy. Concepts of human depiction, Contrapposto idealism and classicism in comparison to ancient Greece and Rome.
French impressionism, Australian Impressionism, Heidelberg school and National Identity. Pop art techniques, Graffiti Art and the re-contextualisation of the art work in relation to Post Modernism.
Senior Art and Design
Students can study a major or Double Major in Art and Design, however, the College only offers a Major in Graphic Design Communication. It is possible for students who wish to pursue a career in Art and Design to study a Double Major in Art as well as Graphic Design Communication. This gives the opportunity for a diligent student to study intensively across three lines of their timetable.
Design and Graphics
- Graphic Design
- Graphic Design Applications
- Graphic Design Typography
- Major Graphic Design Project
Art and Design Units include:
- Exploring Art
- Protest Art
- Media Art Expressions
- Portfolio Preparation
- Post-Modern Art
- Contemporary Art Practice
- Sculpture and Installation
Head Teacher, Visual Art
Mr Andrew Jones Tel: 6239 0657