The Visual Arts program at St Catherine’s School is strong and diverse.
Our exciting and innovative Arts Faculty enables the opportunity for personal growth and the creative expression of ideas. From Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Ceramics, Textiles, Visual Communication Design, Digital Media and Photography and Film, Visual Arts students are encouraged to experiment with their artistic expression through creating artworks, products and design using a range of different forms.
Annual exhibitions of artworks offer an insight into the diverse interpretations of life and experiences of our emerging artists.
We believe the Visual Arts are a vehicle for self-expression and exploration as well as educating for diverse career options. Critical and creative thinking are deeply embedded in the Visual Arts through our ongoing commitment to the St Catherine’s Teaching for Thinking Agenda.
Our studios, housed in ‘Wiltondale’, our spacious and sunlit Visual Arts Centre, are equipped for;
- Digital Photography
- Visual Communication Design
Works produced by students of all ages are displayed throughout the School and in the community, reflecting our commitment to the intellectual vigour pursued within St Catherine’s. Many of St Catherine’s Old Girls have pursued successful careers as artists and the learnings and achievements in the Arts continue to support our students in any educational or career pathway.
Our Visual Arts department is always seeking new ways to inspire our students and enhance their artistic skills through special activities and groups such as our Art and Design Club run by the Art and Design Captains. Highlights of our co-curricular program have included working with Artist Educators, laser cutting, ceramics and group installations. At Year 11, students passion about design experience real design briefs from the School community such as designing for the School plays and musicals, Debating and Public Speaking as well as the Year 11 and 12 formals. We also find opportunities for keen Media students, often seen documenting House events.
St Catherine’s also provides Study Tour opportunities for students to extend their Arts knowledge. Students have travelled to the birthplace of the Renaissance and had the opportunity to study Italian Art and History and learn sketching and printmaking skills under a master printmaker, at the 16th Century palace which is the site of the Monash University Prato Campus. The students’ sketching and printmaking improves remarkably throughout a 4 day printmaking workshop, and the students come away with outstanding final prints and journals as a lasting memory of their journey.