VISUAL ARTS - OVERVIEW
The Visual Arts Department at Geelong Grammar School is a vibrant, inspiring and engaging environment. We strive to give our students an opportunity to be original and brave. All year groups, from Early Learning to Year 12, are encouraged to experience unfamiliar methods, media and materials, to take up challenging projects and approaches, to extend the boundaries of their expertise and attain a range of new skills and knowledge.
Teaching expertise and robust co-operation between staff at each of our four campuses ensures continuity and a seamless transition from one level to the next, as well as flexibility in accommodating individual student's creativity and aspirations. By Year 12, students leave our programme with a folio of work ready to transfer into an art or design-related course at tertiary level. In the past few years alone, our graduates have been accepted into some of world's leading art and design institutions, including Central Saint Martins (CSM) College at the University of the Arts London (UAL), the London College of Communication and the UK's prestigious Architectural Association School of Architecture, as well as the Rhode Island School of Design and the Pratt Institute in New York. A number of our graduates also choose to study art and design at leading Australian universities, pursuing further studies in fine art, communication design, advertising, interior design, architecture and industrial design.
Our teaching team comprises a number of practising artists who enrich the Visual Arts programme with their own interests and expertise. In addition to classroom teaching, staff are involved in an extensive co-curricular programme, which includes Life Drawing, Printmaking, Photography, Henna Art, Prop Making, Movie Making, Digital Art and Ceramics workshops. All students are also welcome to work in the Art School during afternoons and weekends as part of our Open Studio programme, which encourages students to explore personal interests, to make practical and effective use of different media, and/or extend school projects. The dedication of our talented staff is well recognised by students and helps form strong relationships. This is of great consequence as some of the most demanding and exciting art created by students often emerges through such inspiring and selfless tuition.
The Academic Programme is punctuated by a number of important events, including three major school exhibitions (Middle School, Coriobald and Primed), exhibitions by external artists, Artist-in-Residence programme, House Art competition and Year 10 Creative Arts Workshops. Another important aspect of the programme is the Geoffrey 'Pop' R. Fink Scholarship, which acknowledges and rewards those students of the Visual Arts who demonstrate a focused and committed service to the Visual Arts Department at GGS. The scholarship, which involves creative explorations and activities undertaken over a nine-month period, culminates in yet another exhibition.