What’s happening in the art room – Week 5

I want to share this article as it explains the importance of teaching visual art to primary students, reflecting my belief in art education. What do you think?

Art is an incredible subject and a vital part of every child’s education. Art matters.
It’s such a big subject, but it’s not like math or science. Art knowledge isn’t easily tested, because the core of art is not pass/fail. The core of art is connection, and there is no right or wrong answer.
How often does uncertainty occur in a child’s education? How many times is the answer up for interpretation? Life is full of uncertainty, but most school subjects don’t leave room to explore the world beyond facts and figures. Art is different. Art prepares us for a changing world. Art makes us better people.
Through art, we connect emotionally with ourselves and others across the divides of time and culture. Art gives us new lenses with which to see the world.
In a time bombarded with images, deeply looking at art teaches vital visual literacy and critical thinking skills. Art ignites curiosity and focuses attention.
Art often lives on museum walls, but it is born from the world around it.
Art is connected to math and science and history and language and every other subject because art is an extension of what it means to be human.
Cindy Ingram from Art Class Curator

In art class, we explore various art techniques and the correct usage of tools and materials. Drawing skills can be taught and improved on. We identify how artists have successfully used illusions to create artwork like perspective, and how they create the effect of three dimensions on a two-dimensional surface.

Physics and math are important aspects to get effects “right” and understanding how to build to make it work. In art, we make connections to the world we can see, use illusional techniques to reproduce it and make meaning. Not everything we do is expected to be a masterpiece. We are explorers and communicators.


Sculptures by the Sea 4-21 March 2022 

The Sculptures by the Sea exhibition is opening Friday 4 March. Please go along as a family or with friends and enjoy this amazing event. Take photos to share with your class during art.  

Keeping you Safe at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2022.

We are thrilled that next week’s Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe exhibition, has been planned as a COVID Safe Event. 

This is the 50th Sculpture by the Sea exhibition held in Australia and Denmark with 70 sculptures by artists from across the world. Please check the WA Government Health website for the latest advice here before attending the exhibition. 

We look forward to welcoming visitors – local and international – to the exhibition, with our staff, artists and crew all being fully vaccinated to help us keep you safe. For more details regarding how we are meeting local regulations in consultation with the WA Government Health Department and the Town of Cottesloe 

For more information, please check out the website here.



Many thanks for your support, 

Melinda Cockerill