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The Arts

 

​Junior school

Over the course of their studies in the Junior School, students have the opportunity to experience Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Arts which provides insight into the pathways available to them in the senior school.

Senior school

Visual art studies

Course overview:

Visual Art Studies covers a wide range of media, both traditional and technological, teaching technical skills informed by current industry standards.

Course outline:

Year 11

  • Mixed media  (Explore contour drawing, topographical drawing, collage, sgraffito, frottage and mark making).
  • Painting (Explore acrylic layering, wash layering, hard edge, palette knife, sfumato, chiaroscuro, wax resist, graffiti, alla prima, scumble, glaze and encaustic).
  • Short Film (Students will develop skills and techniques in group work using their video footage, still images and green screen).

Year 12

  • 3D Design  (Explore sculpture and Installation - working with space, environment, materials, repetition, audience and impact).
  • Printmaking  (Explore printmaking).
  • Reflection (Students will develop skills and techniques pertaining to specific discliplines studied over the last 2 years e.g. interdisciplinary use of media;  recording arts works;  preserving and presenting arts works;  caring for and maintaining media and equipment;  working collaboratively).

Photography

Course overview:

This is a 2 year program with accreditation. 38 weeks in duration, it covers the basics of camera operations, Black and white film development, Black and white print processing, some advanced special effects, filming and digital image manipulation. Framing of one Year 12 major is mandatory.

Students undertaking these units receive accreditation for their units through QSA Senior Certification. Units undertaken are one semester’s duration in Year 11 and Year 12.

Course outline:

Year 11

  • Introducing photography:  digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera, lighting, movement, depth of field, Photoshop techniques
  • Studio lighting equipment, portrait setups, backdrops elements and principles of design
  • Short film: filming, editing images, sound, titles and credits  
  • Portrait in Landscape: lighting, composition, selective focus, portrait setups

Year 12

  • Shoot on Location: principles of composition, focus statement, shooting using DSLR cameras, Bridge, Camera Raw Photoshop, display and presentation
  • Short Film: create and edit images, sound, rendering
  • Photography as an artform: composition, context, special effects, personal aesthetic,
  • Portfolio: culmination of photographic images from two years study

Dance

Course overview:

Dance uses the human body as a medium for communication and artistic expression. The three areas of choreography, performance and appreciation are studied in the Elanora Senior Dance Program. These areas interrelate and are covered equally over the two years of study to provide comprehensive understanding of dance as a whole.

The Senior Dance course provides a variety of experiences which will develop an awareness and control of physical movement through which students will realise the value of the human body as a powerful instrument for communication. Dance at Elanora has a firm commitment to providing worthwhile cultural experiences and assisting all students to achieve their unique potential in the Arts.

Dance is an Authority Subject, incorporating both practical and theoretical studies.

Students must complete the following 6 units of study to satisfy the Authority requirements and achieve an exit level for Dance.

Course outline:

Year 11

  • Our dance- popular dance styles.
  • The artistic form- contemporary dance.
  • On the stage- dance fusion.

Year 12

  • That’s entertainment- theatre dance styles.
  • Contemporary dance and multimedia- contempoary dance.
  • Make a choice- various styles.

Drama

Course overview:

Drama is an exciting and creative subject which allows the student to explore various theatrical styles and techniques, taking a practical and theoretical approach.

In order to cover every aspect of Drama, the student must complete nine units over four semesters. The student should gain a great deal of cultural knowledge, skills and appreciation through undertaking the Drama course at Elanora State High School.

Course outline:

Year 11 

  • My space - elements of drama & Australian theatre.
  • My tears - Elizabethan or Greek tragedy.
  • My laughter - Commedia Dell’ Arte.
  • My reality - American or European realism.

Year 12

  • My past - 20th century social & political theatre.
  • My future - contemporary theatre (physical, cinematic, gothic).
  • My search - analysing live theatre.
  • My exploration - monologue and audition for stage and screen.

Music

Course Overview:

Students live in a world in which music has an important and pervasive presence. Senior Music offers students opportunities for personal growth and for making an ongoing contribution to the culture of their community. Through a deeper level of knowledge, understanding and active participation in music making, it is hoped that students will maintain a lifelong engagement with music as an art form and a means of creative, artistic and emotional expression.

The course encourages students to become creative and adaptable thinkers and problem solvers who are able to make informed decisions, and develop their abilities to analyse and critically evaluate. The discipline and commitment of music making builds students’ self-esteem, personal motivation and independence, as well as providing opportunities for refining their collaborative teamwork skills in activities that reflect the real-world practices of composers, performers and audiences.