The Art department is a vibrant place, full of activity and creativity. The range of opportunities offered to students is enormous, and engaging in the school's art programme is an enriching and rewarding experience.
The Art building features a suite of art rooms, an exhibition space, painting studio and computer laboratories.
Years 7 to 10
In Years 7 and 8, students participate in a year-long programme covering drawing, design, ceramics, painting, textiles and printmaking. Often art projects include more than one studio area, involving the development of a diverse range of skills. Art history and criticism are part of their studies, which are integrated into practical work.
Art is an elective subject in Years 9 and 10 and includes opportunities for students to specialise in their art studies, with the option of participating in the Extension, Fashion and Graphic Illustration or Construct and Innovate programmes.
Years 11 and 12
St Mary's students have achieved outstanding results over the past decade in Art. Visual Arts is offered at Stages 1, 2 and 3 in Year 11 and 12. In the Visual Arts course, students engage in traditional, modern and contemporary media and techniques within the broad areas of art forms. The course promotes innovative practice. Students are encouraged to explore and represent their ideas and gain an awareness of the role that artists and designers play in reflecting, challenging and shaping societal values. Students are encouraged to appreciate the work of other artists and engage in their own art practice.
The Annual Year 7 to 12 Art Exhibition held in September features the work of Year 12 students and is a wonderful showcase of their talent and achievement. Their work is often featured in the St George's Art Exhibition and at the prestigious Year 12 Perspectives Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
St Mary's offers students in Years 9 and 10 the option of studying a range of design courses.
Construct and Innovate
Year 9 and 10 students acquire design, construction and sculptural techniques as they study and construct small three-dimensional objects, architecture and interior design projects and jewellery.
Graphic Design and Fashion Illustration
Year 9 and 10 students learn hands-on techniques in the creation of fashion sketching and design, book illustration and graphic design. The use of computer technologies is an integral part of the design process. The tasks are designed to have a future vocational application.
Artist Extension Workshops
Wearable Art, an extra-curricular programme for students in Year 9 - 12 has been a popular part of the CAPAF concert. Girls are involved in designing, constructing and parading their costumes, which are based on ever changing imaginative themes. Year 11 and 12 students are encouraged to participate in artist workshops, drawing classes, art and gallery visits.
Artist workshops and site excursions are compulsory for Year 12 WACE students. There are often opportunities to participate in holiday and weekend workshops, which complement their class projects. Students are encouraged to apply for local government scholarships and summer school programmes, which are supportive of the Arts.