Music and Visual Arts
The Music Department at Marist College Eastwood is a dynamic part of the Creative Arts faculty at the College. It boasts state-of-the-art facilities comprising of a spacious main study area as well as sound proof studios. It readily integrates Information Technology in the syllabus through modern hardware and the music software package called Sibelius as well as many other software packages available to students.
The mandatory Years 7 and 8 Music classes allow students to learn basic keyboard and guitar skills in a range of genres and styles. The elective music courses in Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) and Stage 6 (Years 11 and 12) allow students to build upon the content covered in the junior course in terms of instruments and genres. It also encourages proficiency in the core areas of Listening, Composing and Performing. Students may study a variety of instruments as part of their on-going musical development with many cocurricular groups to develop and foster talent. Some of these cocurricular groups include: The College Band, Vocal Ensemble and Guitar Groups. Students may also partake in specialist musical instrument sessions in a small group environment where individual professional guidance can be given.
Students at the College also have performance opportunities throughout the year, such as College Assemblies, Band Competitions, Eisteddfods, Liturgies, Open Day, the annual Creative Arts Night and many more.
In Visual Arts, students experience and explore the concepts of artists, artworks, world and audience. Visual Arts is a subject sustained through practical and theoretical practice within a framework that accommodates a wide range of student ability. The knowledge, understanding, expertise and values gained from the subject assist students in building conceptual and practical skills that can be applied in art, craft, and design and related to careers in a real world context.
The Visual Arts empowers students to engage in visual forms of communication. It fosters interest and enjoyment in the making and studying of art. It builds understanding of the role of art, in all forms of media, in contemporary and historical cultures. Students develop practical skills and critical thinking which inform their work as artists and audience.
Visual Arts is a mandatory course in year 7 and 8 where students explore a variety of different artmaking experiences. Drawing is a fundamental component of the artmaking experience in Stage 4 and leads into a number of expressive artmaking forms. Students also learn how to interpret and gain information from artworks that they study in class.
The Elective course in Years 9 and 10 is for the creative, visually interested in the thrilling world of Visual Arts. Visual Arts cultivates positive self-concept through independence in the creation and study of works of art. Students experience the making of art as well as the study of art, both historically and critically. In this course, emphasis is on making art in a variety of expressive forms such as painting, sculpture, drawing, design, ceramics, printmaking, wearable, mixed media, computer graphics, photography and film etc. Students will study past and contemporary artworks through the exploration and learning of different cultures, individual artists, and art movements.
The Year 11 and 12 Visual Arts course is focused on the HSC examination. The course is 50% practical and 50% historical and critical studies. Students also develop their writing skills and knowledge of the world of art through different case studies being taught.
Students who study Visual Arts in Stage 6 enjoy the experience of making art, while experimenting, taking risks and pushing boundaries. They learn to link narratives into their practice in order to build concepts and to develop their higher order thinking. It 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 their own learning. Such a focus also offers practical and theoretical insights into some of the opportunities available to students, in tertiary, vocational and world of work settings.
Drama is an elective course that can be studied as a 200 hour course in Stage 5. Drama enables young people to develop knowledge, understanding and skills, individually and collaboratively; to make, perform and appreciate dramatic and theatrical works. Students take on roles as a means of exploring both familiar and unfamiliar aspects of their world while exploring the ways people react and respond to different situations, issues and ideas.
All students undertake a unit of playbuilding in every 100 hours of the course. Playbuilding refers to a group of students collaborating to make their own piece of drama from a variety of stimuli. At least one other dramatic form or performance style must also be studied in the first 100 hours. Examples of these include improvisation, mime, script, puppetry, small screen drama, physical theatre, street theatre, mask, comedy and Shakespeare. Students also learn about the elements of drama, various roles in the theatre, the visual impact of design, production elements and the importance of the audience in any performance.
Students learn to make, perform and appreciate dramatic and theatrical works. They devise and enact dramas using scripted and unscripted material and use acting and performance techniques to convey meaning to an audience. They learn to respond to, reflect on and analyse their own work and the work of others, and evaluate the contribution of drama and theatre to enriching society.
Visual Design provides opportunities for students to enjoy making and studying visual design artworks and to become informed about and understand and write about their contemporary world. It enables students to represent their ideas and interests about the world in visual design artworks and provides insights into new technologies, different cultures, and the changing nature of visual design in the 21st century. Students are provided with opportunities to make and study visual design artworks in greater depth and breadth than through the Visual Arts elective course.
Students learn about the pleasure and enjoyment of making different kinds of visual design artworks in print, object and space-time forms. They learn to represent their ideas and interests with reference to contemporary trends and how web designers, architects, commercial and industrial designers, space, light and sound designers, graphic designers and fashion, accessory and textile designers make visual design artworks.
Students learn about how visual design is shaped by different beliefs, values and meanings by exploring visual designers and visual design artworks from different times and places, and relationships in the artworld between the artist/designer – artwork – world – audience. They also explore how their own lives and experiences can influence their making and critical and historical studies.
Students learn to make visual design artworks using a range of materials and techniques in print, object and space-time forms, including ICT, to build a folio of work over time. They learn to develop their research skills, approaches to experimentation and how to make informed personal choices and judgements. They learn to record procedures and activities about their making practice in their Visual Design journal.
They learn to investigate and respond to a wide range of visual designers and visual design artworks in making, critical and historical studies. They also learn to interpret and explain the function of and relationships in the artworld between the artist/designer – artwork – world – audience to make and study visual design artworks.