Art, Design and Technology

The discovery and development of an enduring, personal, visual language, guided by values - that’s Art, Design and Technology at Peninsula Grammar.

The Art, Design and Technology program provides a purposeful balance between breadth and depth of contemporary and traditional practices and caters for the individual differences of students. Students from Kinder to Year 12 are encouraged to develop an awareness of how the art and design process communicates values, ideas and meaning. They are asked to ‘think, imagine, create and appreciate’ in our art program. Starting from Kinder, creativity, exploration, skills and processes are embraced, encouraged and celebrated.

Visual Art from Prep to Year 6

In Art students are encouraged to play, problem solve and explore many ways of seeing and experiencing the world. While not everyone will grow up to be an artist, we firmly believe that developing confidence in one’s own creativity is an essential skill that builds capacity in all learners. Students work with a broad range of materials, techniques and ideas in these years and we strive to provide opportunities where resulting artworks reflect individual engagement and enjoyment.

Prep to Year 6 Art Exhibition

The Prep to Year 6 Art Exhibition is a great example of how Art can bring a community together. Parents, grandparents, friends and family are invited to view the Art Show where every child is an artist.

Art, Design and Technology from Year 7

During Year 7 and 8 students complete two semesters of Visual Art, one of Makerspace Design Technology and one of Food Technology. These units give students a general experience of the major Art, Design and Technology disciplines including two-dimensional art forms of Painting, Printmaking and Drawing and three-dimensional practices of Ceramics, Food Technology and Makerspace Design Technology.

Year 9 and 10 students elect from a range of Art, Design and Technology semester long studies. Subjects offered include Studio Arts, Photography (darkroom and digital), Product Design Technology, CAD CAM (Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing), Food Technology and Visual Communication & Design.

At VCE level, students choose from Studio Arts, Visual Communication and Design, Product Design Technology and Food Technology. The school curates and collects high quality art work. The work of our talented VCE students is often shortlisted and chosen to feature in the prestigious Top Arts and Top Designs exhibitions, which form part of the state-wide VCE Season of Excellence. Many of our students graduate from Fine Art and Design courses and return to enrich the learning of current students as visiting guest speakers.

Our students work with dedicated, staff committed to quality teaching within generously resourced studios and workshops. The Art Design Technology Faculty is a lively and dynamic hub within the School which holds many activities throughout the year aimed to engage and extend creativity and studio-based practices. These include exhibitions, gallery visits, artist-in-residences and workshops.