The Visual Arts are a key component of the School's Academic Curriculum, from our Early Learning Centres to Year 12. The ELC and primary years develop knowledge and skills, nurturing imagination and creative expression. As students move from Year 5 to Year 12, there is an increase in the range and diversity of subjects, enabling students to explore subject areas like Photography and Visual Communication Design (VCD) and further develop, extend and refine technical skills and knowledge, as well as the ability to critically analyse different artworks, artistic styles and cultural influences. 


The focus of our Visual Arts programme at Bostock House (ELC-Year 4) is for students to explore ideas, learn to take risks, be imaginative and develop self-confidence. Students experience a wide range of materials and mediums to facilitate and encourage creative expression, including drawing, painting, printmaking, clay modelling, three-dimensional construction and textiles. Open the Bostock House Handbook for more information.

The Visual Arts programme at our Toorak Campus (ELC-Year 6) encompasses a variety of arts practices, incorporating an appreciation of the Arts whilst developing knowledge and skills in a broad range of art forms, including painting, printmaking, ceramics, three-dimensional construction, digital arts and textiles. The Visual Arts curriculum is integrated with the Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate (IB), which is inquiry-based learning with a strong emphasis on curiosity and creativity. Open the Toorak Campus Handbook for more information.


The development of imagination and expression continues at Middle School (Years 5-8), where the study of art and culture links to devloping an understanding of artistic styles and practices. Year 7 students are introduced to the formal art elements and ways to integrate the design process in the creating and making of art, using a variety of media and a diverse range of techniques. Year 8 students continue to extend their understanding of the design process, developing observation skills whilst refining technical skills, using a variety of media. Open the Curriculum Guide for more information.

Timbertop students (Year 9) explore drawing, painting, pastels, charcoal and watercolour in a unique learning environment with exceptional exposure to the natural world. Emphasis is placed on language and idea development, including the capacity to discuss stylistic influences and references. The visual diary is an integral component of the developmental processes taught - where ideas are defined, developed, extended and refined. Open the Curriculum Guide for more information.


There is a significant increase in the diversity and range of Visual Arts subjects offered at Senior School (Years 10-12). In Year 10 Art, elective choices include Art (2D and 3D) and Photography, as well as the introduction of Visual Communication Design (VCD), which explores design in publishing, advertising, architecture, package and multi-media design. Year 11 students must choose to study either the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma for their final two years of school. The VCE curriculum includes Studio Arts and Visual Communication Design (VCD), whilst Visual Arts can be studied at either Standard Level (SL) or Higher Level (HL) in the IB. Open the Curriculum Guide for more information.

For further information on our Academic Programme please view our Curriculum Guide.