The Arts

The Arts at Simonds play a unique and important role in providing our students with opportunities to process visual and non visual information in order to understand, participate, respond and contribute in our fast changing society.

Through the exploration of technologies and ideas, and the realisation of the connection between human emotions and skills, students invent, imagine, create, express beliefs, and develop a personal understanding of cultural heritage, themselves and the world.

Students reflect, consolidate and communicate their perceptions, observations and understanding of structures, functions and concepts drawn from other areas of the curriculum and indeed from their immediate environment and circumstances.

An Art Theory component is linked to all class activities at each year level.


Year 7

The Year 7 Art  course is an introduction to the study of Art. Students are led through a range of activities and assessment tasks which are designed to establish manual and technical skills as well as a creatively responsive attitude and access to success. The first half of this course focuses on establishing an understanding of the Elements of Art through short activities and using a broad variety of art materials. The second half focuses on formal art projects where students develop original artworks based on set themes and topics.


Year 8

Students are encouraged to appreciate Art and Design as a valuable area for exploring the creative expression of beliefs, concepts and ideas through a variety of art materials, tools and techniques. By identifying and applying the Elements of Art, Pictorial Devices and Techniques, students develop artworks as personal interpretations of their environment.


Year 9 Electives

The Visual Art course provides the opportunity to learn a variety of art techniques and develop an appreciation for the Visual Arts. Students are guided through a range of activities and assessment tasks designed to instigate individual creative responses to set themes and topics. A development of manual and visual reasoning skills based on referencing art works, constitutes the basis of each unit. Technical, Theoretical and Expressive foci are set in each unit.

In Visual Communication students learn the basic conventions and skills to produce work which aims to communicate inventively. The course teaches students graphic literacy skills and techniques to enable them to understand the process of design and production. Students develop and communicate ideas using a variety of visual modes and develop an understanding of Geometry, Three Dimensional Construction & Development, and Axonometric drawing as well as Typography and Design. This course culminates at Year 10 with the provision of a focus on Product Design and Architecture.


Year 10 Electives

Drama offers the opportunity to learn about a variety of dramatic styles and experience the thrill of performing as well as develop an appreciation of the creative process. Apart from the more practical components of this course, students are guided through a range of activities and tasks aimed at developing personal confidence and the appreciation of the history of Dramatic Arts.

In Radio Broadcasting students learn how radio stations function. They complete a workshop at SYN 90.7 to learn about writing up a radio programme. They also learn about the different roles of presenters and disc jockeys as well as production and the more technical aspects of broadcasting. With the assistance of radio staff they put to air a weekly radio show live across Melbourne.

In Digital Photography students learn about the art of photography whilst developing an awareness of the Elements of Art & Design as applied to this mode of communication. Students learn how their own photographs may be manipulated digitally to communicate an intended message. Students also develop a basic knowledge of the historical dimensions of photography and national and international exponents of this art form.

Students who choose Film Making learn about the various aspects of film making from pre-production, casting and shooting to visual and sound editing. As part of the course work they become aware of film as communication. They enjoy planning their films in groups, acting and using digital software to edit their movie.