Creative Arts - Primary School
Inspired by the Reggio Emilia Philosophy, Creative Arts at St Lucy’s is facilitated by a team of professional Artists in Residence. Students spend time on a weekly basis in the Angelico Centre for Creative Arts which includes Visual Arts, Music, Dance and Drama studios, green screen facilities and a performance space. Creative arts sessions are designed to inspire students to extend their imaginations and technical capacity in the arts, to connect with peers through collaboration and to gain a deeper understanding of the themes explored.
In the Creative Art studio, our students use a wide variety of materials and artistic techniques to create individual and collaborative artworks. They work with professional ‘Artists in Residence’ to hone new technique and to explore their own interests in Visual Arts .
Creative Arts Classes
Dance provides an opportunity for students to gain fulfilment from self-expression and the support of their dance partners and peers. Dance sessions are designed to encourage students to make connections in a non-confrontational and dynamic environment where, through exploration of dance and movement, students can express their feelings about particular ideas and themes. Dance offers students the opportunity to: hone physical technical skills, expand their imagination and knowledge base, develop dance technique skill set for performance and to gain an appreciation for the Performing Arts. The Dance Studio is intended to be a place of enjoyment, flexibility and collaboration.
Drama provides an opportunity for students to make connections with adults and peers through ‘play’ and storytelling. Students are encouraged to relate their understanding of the world and their feeling about particular ideas, situations, expectations and values. Drama offers students the opportunity to: hone social skills, expand their imagination and knowledge base, develop a skill set for performance including theatrical skills in mask, puppeteering and characterisation. Drama sessions are intended to be a time of enjoyment, flexibility and collaboration and a place to gain an appreciation for the Performing Arts.
Music pervades contemporary society and plays an important part in everyday life. At an individual level, students use Music is a medium of personal expression and an opportunity to share ideas, feelings and experiences. Music sessions aim to hone skills including: collaboration, instrument knowledge and vocabulary, notation and an awareness of tempo, dynamics and rhythm. Music sessions are intended to be a time of joy, innovation, and a place to gain appreciation of the Performing Arts.
Visual Arts provides our students with an opportunity to develop and extend their skills and talent for Art making both as an individual and through collaboration with their peers. Through investigations of subject matter and form, the students are encouraged to develop technique, to hone their art making language and to realise that a visual expression of their ideas and opinions is something to be rewarded and embraced. Much of the Art making experience happens in small groups where an emphasis is placed on shared experience and mutual respect. Social skills are also honed through the making process and the students are invited to explore a rich and diverse range of media including sculpture – both with clay and mixed materials, paint, water colour, drawing, photography and more.
Artists in Residence
St Lucy’s Creative Arts Team:
Marcela Ordonez is a Visual Arts Specialist
Alessandra Picone is the Head of Creative Arts and a Drama Specialist. She coordinates the Creative Arts Team and specialist projects and is Artistic Director of the Theatre and Dance Projects.Please get in touch with Ali regarding Creative Arts, including After School Projects at email@example.com
Simon Freestone is a Drama Specialist and Theatre Project Director
Lucy Egger is a Music Specialist
Annelise Kirk is a Dance Specialist and Dance Project Director
James Hine is a Dance Project Director
Isobel Sandby is a Theatre Project Director
Marcela Ordonez is a Visual Arts Specialist and Teacher
Ed Hayes is a Visual Arts Specialist and Teacher
Theatre Project (Co-curricular)
St Lucy’s All Abilities Theatre Project began in 2007 as a program that would bring together St Lucy’s students with students from other schools to collaborate and make beautiful theatre together. The objectives of the project were, and are, to introduce students of all abilities to each other’s talents and imaginations and to build bridges in friendship through a rich and engaging creative process.
The Project is directed by professional actors who deliver excellent Drama training including characterisation, play building and stage craft. Theatre Project takes place during term time in the St Lucy’s Angelico Centre for Creative Arts.
Dance Project (Co-curricular)
St Lucy’s Dance Project began in 2012 to provide quality Dance workshops for students with disabilities. Dance Project provides students with special education needs quality dance lessons and opportunities to extend their skills and confidence while engaging in a rich and highly collaborative creative process.
Students work on spontaneous and designed choreography using different genres of music and a variety of technique and have the opportunity to perform at St Lucy’s end of year concerts. Dance Project takes place during term time in the St Lucy’s Angelico Centre for Creative Arts.
Art Project (Co-curricular)
St Lucy’s Art Project began in 2015 to extend students’ skills in the Visual Arts using a wide variety of materials and artistic techniques to create individual and collaborative artworks. Students work with professional ‘Artists in Residence’ to hone new technique and to explore their own interests in Visual Arts . Students have the opportunity to showcase their works in the St Lucy’s Tagliaferro Gallery and at other venues in the greater community. Art Project takes place during term time in the St Lucy’s Angelic Centre for Creative Arts.
Creative Arts Vacation Care Programs
St Lucy’s Creative Vacation Care Holiday Programs are designed and run by our professional Creative Arts Team, often in collaboration with St Lucy’s BEST Team and PDHPE specialist staff. Holiday Program workshops provide students with disabilities the opportunity to extend their skills in the Arts while providing a safe and creative environment for exploration and self-expression as well as providing a social opportunity in school holiday time. Programs run from 9.00am until 3.00pm and take place in the St Lucy’s Angelico Centre for Creative Arts and the and in other parts of the Wahroonga campus.
Theatre Project, Dance Project, Art Project and the Creative Arts Vacation Care Programs are registered under the NSW Government Creative Kids Voucher Scheme. Please visit www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-creative-kids-voucher to apply for a voucher.
Creative Arts Scholarships Program
Since 2008 St Lucy’s Creative Arts Department have offered Creative Arts Scholarships to students with particular creative abilities, talents or for students with specific goals in mind.
Scholarships are awarded to students for 2 general reasons: Because they have a particular talent or interest in perusing the art form and can gain extended technical skills from Scholarship sessions and, for students who may have an IEP goal that can be met through the format of a scholarship eg, making a friend, learning to collaborate. Nominations are made by the Artists in Residence, Teachers and sometimes parents. Scholarship sessions are run by our Artists in Residence and a range of other Sydney based Artists that work at St Lucy’s purely for our Scholarships Program. Students have had Scholarships in the following Art Forms:-
‘Percussionistas’ Drumming Groups (junior and senior)
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