Art at Lauriston is serious fun. We value skills, concepts, imagination, independence and self expression. 

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.  

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In their early years, the process of creating art expands a child’s ability to interact with the world around them and provides different skills for their self-expression and communication. It is an opportunity for uninhibited expressiveness and increases their sense of wonder and curiosity. At Lauriston, Art is part of the Kindergarten curriculum and dedicated art teachers nurture and support children to harness their self-expression and curiosity using a range of mediums. 

Junior School

The Visual Arts Program provides girls with the opportunity to celebrate creativity, imagination and self-expression, with specialist classes expertly curated and cadenced from Prep to Year 6. In Prep to Year 2, the program focuses on fostering a passion for the visual arts and on recognising artists. Students engage in child-centric mediums which promote expression, as they work on individual and collaborative projects.

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By Year 3, drawing skills are refined through portraiture. They also begin to explore art across different cultures and create works of digital art, using an Apple iPad and Pencil to engage with the design software.

In Year 4 art truly interfaces with the digital world. Art, music and digital design intersect when students create an animation using plasticine models of an endangered animal against the backdrop of their habitat, accompanying this with music of their own composition.

The highlight of Art in Year 5 is the Mad Hatters Project. Each student is issued a standard papier mache hat, but the final design and materials used are left purely to her imagination. The parade of the finished creations to an audience of parents is a highlight of the year. Year 6 students focus on an artist who inspires their showcase Art Dolls Project, which is a celebration of their creativity and individual artistic response.

Senior School

In the Lauriston Senior School, the Art Program is defined by a commitment to develop both a practical and theoretical rigour that recognises art as an inherently intellectual subject, capable of deepening a student’s understanding of both themselves and the world around them.

It is underpinned by a strong educator base, each an artist in their own right, committed to the development of 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.

Our teachers enable their students to choose their own mediums with the underlying intent to build trust, confidence and the skills to explore – ultimately developing a true sense of purpose. 

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In Year 7, there is a particular focus on the fundamentals of drawing, painting, and 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 exploring ceramics, water colour, 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 - where students develop skills in making media products, enable students to develop their individual interests.

In Year 11 and 12, students choose from a range of units. It is where the recording of process becomes key to the understanding of the art and design process, the creative journey and ability to problem solve.  In these years, the teachers allow the students to have greater autonomy in the way they create, with the underlying intent to build trust, confidence, the skills to explore and ultimately to develop a true sense of purpose.

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Art in the Lauriston community

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.

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