“Every child is an artist.”

Pablo Picasso

Andrea Garwood

It is great to be back in the Visual Arts space at Hillsmeade again!  Having taught in classrooms and with small groups over the last few years it’s been fun to be able to share my love of Art. Teaching Visual Arts is rewarding as it provides a platform for fostering creativity, self-expression, and personal growth.  It inspires, motivates, and positively impacts students’ lives helping them discover and nurture their talent.  It also teaches important life skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, patience, perseverance, and the ability to think outside the box. It has been satisfying to see students thriving in the artroom, producing wonderful Artwork that they should be very proud of.   

Lainie Owen

I enjoy teaching visual arts because I believe in the incredible joy and learning that art brings. During art, students get to explore their creativity and express themselves in unique ways. Beyond just painting and drawing, our art lessons help kids think creatively, problem-solve, and build confidence. Art is a fantastic tool for developing fine motor skills and encouraging a love for learning. I’m passionate about providing a space where every child can discover the joy of creating, and I believe that fostering artistic expression in the early years sets the stage for a lifetime of imaginative thinking.  It is important for students to discover that ‘Everyone is an Artist” – you just need to find the right art for you!

Visual Art

  1. Creative Expression: Encouraging students to express their ideas, emotions, and experiences through various visual art forms.
  2. Visual Literacy: Developing students’ ability to interpret and critically analyze visual artworks, as well as understand the language and conventions of visual communication.
  3. Skills Development: Providing opportunities for students to acquire and refine skills in various art techniques, materials, and technologies.
  4. Cultural and Historical Understanding: Fostering an appreciation for different art forms, styles, and cultural contexts, and helping students understand the historical and cultural significance of artworks.
  5. Personal and Social Development: Supporting the development of students’ personal and social skills, including creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking.
  6. Reflective Practice: Encouraging students to reflect on their own artistic processes, choices, and outcomes, fostering a sense of self-awareness and the ability to learn from their experiences.
  7. Interdisciplinary Connections: Integrating visual arts with other areas of learning, fostering cross-disciplinary connections and encouraging students to see the interconnectedness of knowledge.

The Visual Arts curriculum aims to develop students’:

  • Conceptual and perceptual ideas and expressions through design and inquiry processes
  • Visual arts techniques, materials, processes and technologies
  • Critical and creative thinking, using visual arts languages, theories and practices to apply aesthetic judgment
  • Respect for and acknowledgement of the diverse roles, innovations, traditions, histories and cultures of artists, craftspeople, designers, curators, critics and commentators
  • Respect for visual arts as social and cultural practices, including industry practices
  • Confidence, curiosity, imagination and enjoyment and a personal aesthetic through engagement with visual arts making, viewing, discussing, analysing, interpreting and evaluating.