Approved Specialist Visual Art Program

The Canning Vale College Approved Specialist Visual Art Program is designed to support and extend students talented in the Visual Arts. In this program students are introduced to a range of art techniques and opportunities that are not available in regular art classes. Students learn to develop and extend their skills in practical art making through a range of traditional and contemporary techniques. Students visit different galleries and exhibitions, seeing important works from around the world.

The Benefits of Arts in Education 
Research into the effectiveness of arts education constantly asserts that study in this area not only increases individual creativity but also; motor skills, decision making, processing of graphic symbolism, cultural awareness, confidence and self esteem, resilience, ability to collaborate with others and accountability. Students studying in the arts at least 3 hours a week have also been proven to have higher academic performance, making those students four times more likely to be recognised for their academic achievements.

After School Art Classes
The program is delivered in two parts. The in school classes students attend are designed to challenge and extend the understandings and technical abilities of the students involved. Students attend these in school sessions year long, twice a week working with specialist extension teachers. In addition to sessions during regular college times students also attend one session after school on a Wednesday from 3:10 to 5pm. During this after school session professional local artists deliver engaging and challenging programs for students. Afterschool sessions provide an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in practical activities requiring studio specialisation. It also provides students with opportunities to work with experienced artists and expert instruction, which enable extension and a depth of study to be undertaken.

Program Objectives
   -  To develop knowledge, perceptions, creative thinking, problem solving and practical skills in the Visual Arts.
   -  Provide a range of traditional & contemporary skill instruction, including knowledge from visiting professional artists/tutors that prepare students to successfully undertake ATAR Visual Art studies.
   -  Provide opportunity for gallery visits and other excursions or camps.
   -  Positive community engagement.
   -  Develop students’ abilities in the areas of; critical reasoning and problem solving, interpersonal communication and leadership, emotional intelligence. 

Past Achievements
The last few years were big for the arts at CVC. We have successfully entered a multitude of competitions and community events showing off our students’ artistic talents and achievements to the public. Student work has been exhibited in events such as Hyper Vision, Metamorphosis and The Young Originals to name a few. Furthermore, CVC Art Extension student work has been exhibited in the Art Gallery of Western Australia’s “Perspectives” exhibition, showcasing the work of top art students across the state. Each year we look forward to engaging students in the very best of art opportunities and experiences. This program is designed to support young artists to grow and develop their own artistic abilities and creative thinking. Students who take part in the Visual Arts Extension Program develop not only specific arts based technical skills but also develop extensively in the areas of; interpersonal communications, analysis, critical thinking and rational problem solving as well teamwork and leadership. These skills are recognised as vital for a great deal of employment options and and prospective university or TAFE placements. 

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