Lauriston Girls School
The art journey at Lauriston begins by instilling the fundamentals of art with the aim of encouraging creativity, imagination, self expression and independent learning to enable students to engage with art for the long term.
From Kindergarten to Year 12, our teachers are welcoming, engaging and practice a philosophy to teach a student not a class. They aim to provide a space free from the fear of failure and with the permission for students to tap into their vulnerability and to have fun.
In the Lauriston Senior School, the Art Program is defined by a commitment to developing both a practical and theoretical rigour that recognises art as an inherently intellectual subject, capable of deepening students’ understanding of themselves and the world around them.
It is underpinned by a strong educator base, each an artist committed to developing their own skills and knowledge. Some of the positions held by the Art educators include IB Extended Essay Team Leader and examiners, CAA State Reviewer Studio Arts, VCAA Examination Assessors and Visual Communication Victoria Council members.
From Prep to Year 6, the Visual Arts Program provides girls with the opportunity to celebrate creativity, imagination and self-expression, with specialist classes expertly curated and cadenced.
In Year 7, there is a particular focus on the fundamentals of drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture, with Year 8s beginning to develop the discipline of critical analysis and the vocabulary required to discuss and write about their projects from a theoretical perspective. At Howqua in Year 9, students study Australian Impressionists and their unique ability to interpret the landscape and reflect their environment by exploring ceramics, watercolour, print and drawing while continuing to build formal skills in the language of art.
In Year 10, the streams of Visual Arts – focused on developing our internal landscape, Visual Communication Design – with a strong career focus and Media.
In Year 11 and 12, students choose from a range of units. It is where the recording of the process becomes key to the understanding of the art and design process, the creative journey and the ability to problem solve.
The School community via the Lauriston Arts Association actively supports the Art Program at Lauriston via gifts and bequests to the School for Artist in residence programs. This enables Lauriston to access quality artists to enhance the students learning and exposure to first rate artists. We encourage students to enter competitions, view galleries and generally engage in the wider community of artists.
Each year a piece of student art is purchased by the School representing the excellence of students. This student-based collection is one that inspires current students in their own work and adds to the vibrancy of the School.