Music and Visual Arts
The Music Department at De La Salle Catholic College Ashfield boasts excellent facilities.
The mandatory Years 7 and 8 Music classes allow students to learn basic keyboard and guitar skills in a range of genres and styles. The elective music courses in Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) and Stage 6 (Years 11 and 12) allow students to build upon the content covered in the junior course in terms of instruments and genres. It also encourages proficiency in the core areas of Listening, Composing and Performing. Students may study a variety of instruments as part of their on-going musical development to develop and foster talent.
Visual Arts provides opportunities to develop students' intellectual and practical autonomy, reflective action, critical judgement and understanding of art in artmaking and in critical and historical studies of art. Visual Arts plays an important role in the social, cultural and spiritual lives of students. It offers a wide range of opportunities for students to develop their own interests, to be self-motivated and active learners who can take responsibility for and continue their own learning in school and post-school settings.
The conceptual framework proposes ways to understand and investigate relations between and amongst the agencies of the artist - artwork - world - audience. These functions or agencies when considered in the light of the structural, subjective, postmodern and cultural frames generate content for making and studying artworks.
Drama is an elective course that can be studied as a 200 hour course in Stage 5. Drama enables young people to develop knowledge, understanding and skills, individually and collaboratively; to make, perform and appreciate dramatic and theatrical works. Students take on roles as a means of exploring both familiar and unfamiliar aspects of their world while exploring the ways people react and respond to different situations, issues and ideas.
Students learn to make, perform and appreciate dramatic and theatrical works. They devise and enact dramas using scripted and unscripted material and use acting and performance techniques to convey meaning to an audience. They learn to respond to, reflect on and analyse their own work and the work of others, and evaluate the contribution of drama and theatre to enriching society.
Visual Design provides opportunities for students to enjoy making and studying visual design artworks and to become informed about and understand and write about their contemporary world. It enables students to represent their ideas and interests about the world in visual design artworks and provides insights into new technologies, different cultures, and the changing nature of visual design in the 21st century. Students are provided with opportunities to make and study visual design artworks in greater depth and breadth than through the Visual Arts elective course.
Students learn to make visual design artworks using a range of materials and techniques in print, object and space-time forms, including ICT, to build a folio of work over time. They learn to develop their research skills, approaches to experimentation and how to make informed personal choices and judgements. They learn to record procedures and activities about their making practice in their Visual Design journal.
They learn to investigate and respond to a wide range of visual designers and visual design artworks in making, critical and historical studies. They also learn to interpret and explain the function of and relationships in the artworld between the artist/designer – artwork – world – audience to make and study visual design artworks.