Visual Arts is a highly successful and engaging subject for our Reddam Senior Artists. Our students at a senior level are always a diverse and extraordinary group. Students work in a range of expressive forms from drawing to painting, printmaking to photography and film to graphic design and sculpture. The students are guided through programs which offer both a traditional and contemporary way of both working and looking at the artworld. Individual conceptualisation and interpretation is celebrated as each student develops as an individual with their own set of unique skills. The vast majority of Reddam Visual Arts students consistently place in the top 10% of the state, achieving a Band 6 (above 90%) in the HSC Examination in Visual Arts. Every year we also have several students who are nominated for Art Express (The exhibition that exhibits top level artworks from the HSC). Our Art Retreat program is exceptional. Year 10 explored the Quarantine Station at Manly. This site offers wonderful historic and visual influences for a range of artmaking experiences. As Year 10 expands into the world of Visual Arts, this is a fantastic opportunity to develop a diverse range of new skills and their own individual styles. Photographic, sculptural and drawing workshops are conducted in a wide variety of situations such as along the foreshore of Sydney Harbour. Year 11 travel south and have a ‘Back to Bundanon’ experience at Arthur Boyd’s Bundanon and Riversdale properties where they engage in all the wonders that the property has to offer including an artistic program aimed at transitioning the students from Year 11 into HSC Visual Arts. Students have a major focus on drawing and printmaking from traditional to experimental techniques.
Students work closely with the Bundanon art educators and enjoy bonding with their like-minded peers which makes artistic discussion flourish. Year 12 visit Hobart to experience MONA (The Museum of Old and New Art). Students are always enthralled by the experience of the contemporaneity of the installation works within the gallery space. Year 12 Students use the gallery as a direct influence for their art theory work which greatly enhances their knowledge and understanding of art practice for the HSC. Our senior students have produced award winning entries in web-based, local, national and international art competitions. Senior students have enjoyed investigating the world of influential artists, gaining a deep knowledge of their works. Our students have developed the ability to use the process of art analysis and art criticism to view the world in new and exciting ways. Our Reddam artists are consistently challenging themselves to produce sophisticated and innovative art works. They are versatile and resourceful, being able to handle a wide range of art-making practices whilst integrating complex concepts. Our students work in this way because they are passionate, inspired and thrive in the environment of the Reddam House studio. Through creative learning our students develop the ability to think creatively in all aspects of their life and present creative solutions to all problems they face.