Visual Arts

Faculty Aims:

Visual Arts aims to provide every child with a stimulating creative experience which allows them to express their individuality in a multitude of ways. We aim to provide a relevant and meaningful curriculum and use industry standard equipment and materials.

Courses Offered:

Stage 4 -

Yr 7 Mandatory Visual Arts

Yr 8 Mandatory Visual Arts

Yr 8 Elective Visual Arts, Visual Design and Ceramics

Stage 5 -

Yr 9 Elective Visual Arts, Photographic and Digital media and Visual Design

Yr 10 Elective Visual Arts, Photographic and Digital media and Visual Design

Stage 6 -

Yr 11 and Yr 12 2 unit Visual Arts.

Non ATAR courses - 2 unit and 1 unit Photography, Video and Digital Imaging, 1 unit Visual Design and 1 unit Ceramics.

 

Bossley Park High School Visual Arts Faculty comprises of 6 staff members that specialise in various art making practices such as drawing, painting, digital and photo media, sculpture and jewellery making, textiles and fibre and printmaking. Collaborative and explicit teaching practice is our strength. We utilise our individual skills and knowledge to provide multiple and varied opportunities to our students.

We nurture our students by offering a Gifted and Talented program which has been running for 8 years. It targets students displaying a strong ability in Visual Arts from junior years. After school workshops are offered to build art making skills and extension opportunities are provided in class to accelerate student's learning, creating a culture of high expectations. This develops authentic relationships with our students in understanding how they learn and identifying their strengths.

In the past 3 years alone we have received 17 nominations for Art-express and multiple band 6 results. In 2017 and 2016, we received a record number of 6 Art-express nominations with 4 students from 2016 selected to exhibit their work. Bossley Park High School is the third highest school in the state for Art-express nominations.

In 2015 we received the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence, alongside our Year 12 student who received the Wilkins Acquisition Award, with his work being purchased for the permanent collection. We were awarded for our excellence as a Team/Teacher in an Executive role at the 2016 Principals Celebration.

We conduct regular student exhibitions both at school and within local communities. Our most recent "Art-fusion" at Margot Hardy Gallery, Western Sydney University, Bankstown, showcase an eclectic range of artwork by Year 8-10 Gifted and Talented students. We also hold annual exhibition of HSC artworks, which results in record attendance from both school and local community members on opening night.

Our Senior Gifted and Talented students have been selected for HSC Intensive Studio Practice workshops and Dobell Drawing Workshops at National Art School, Sydney.

Our Junior Gifted and Talented students have represented the school at 'Battle of the Arts' and 'Art Smart' programs and 'The Women of Fairfield Program' in collaboration with MCA. Students are also exposed to contemporary art practice through regular visiting artist talks and workshops.

Students from the Gifted and Talented Visual Arts program have been involved with many whole school and community projects, including:

  • 2013 Constructed sculpture for the Ian Parnaby Garden at BPHS
  • 2014 Designed and created mural on Janice Crosio Daycare centre wall
  • 2014 Built cultural sculpture garden at BPHS
  • 2015 Built Anzac memorial and 500 poppies for Remembrance day centenary
  • 2016 designed and constructed wellbeing sculpture for Wellbeing garden at BPHS
  • 2016 designed and painted mural for Greenway Plaza Wetherill Park
  • 2017 student exhibition 'Art-fusion' at WSU Bankstown
  • 2017 Mural in Bush Tucker Garden at BPHS
  • 2018 Anzac Day display
  • 2018 30th Anniversary sculpture BPHS