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Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA)

The Key Learning Area Creative and Performing Arts consists of Drama, Music, Visual Arts & Photographic and Digital Media. This page contains detailed information about each of these subjects. You can use the links below to jump to the section you require.

Teaching Staff

The CAPA Faculty has dedicated, talented and highly trained teachers who provide students with opportunities both within and beyond the classroom.

  • Mrs Lidia Jeffery – Head Teacher
  • Mr Kane Burns –  Music
  • Ms Kim Skerrit – Visual Arts & Photography
  • Ms Peta Werlemann – Visual Arts, Photography & Digital Media

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Drama

Drama is a dynamic and practical subject that explores the elements and forms which have shaped performance throughout history. In Stage 4, Drama is included as a component of the English course.
In Stage 5, a Drama elective is available for students to study. In this course, students learn about the elements of Drama through:

  • Making Drama, from play building exercises to style workshops.
  • Performing Drama, and contributing to Dramatic performance in all areas including acting, production, direction and techniques.
  • Appreciating Drama, through watching, viewing and studying various popular Drama forms. Appreciation also comes from students revising their own work.

The 100 hour course explores units of playbuilding; a specific style of theatre performance and a close appreciation of a play script. The 200 hour course provides more detailed insights into theatre performances and develops key theatrical skills. These units include:

  • Studying playwrights such as Stanislavski, Meyerhold and Brecht.
  • Exploring contemporary Australian theatre.
  • Theatre styles such as melodrama, circus skills and clowning, slapstick and commedia dell’arte.
  • Developing and producing full theatre performance.

Developing skills and vocational opportunities

Drama is a subject which helps students develop interpersonal and communication skills. Possible employment avenues include:

  • Acting
  • Sound and light management
  • Event management
  • Directing

Skills, such as self confidence in public speaking, are also useful in any employment field. Students who enjoy completing Stage 5 Drama can continue their studies into Years 11 and 12.

KMHS Drama Night 2016
Group photo from Kariong Mountains 2016 Drama Performance Night – where Year 9, 10 and 11 Drama students brought the house down with fantastic performances.

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Music

The aim of the Music Faculty at KMHS is to develop the music potential of every student. Through a comprehensive music program, both curricular and co-curricular, each year group, from Year 7 – Year 12, has an opportunity to develop their skills and love of music.

As a new school, the Music Faculty boasts of a dedicated music class room, large performance space, a composition studio and a small ensemble rehearsal room. Its equipment includes a Yamaha piano, class sets of keyboards, guitars (acoustic, steel, bass and electric) multiple amps and 2 drum kits. The music room is also equipped with 3 jam hubs and multiple microphones used at performance events and assessments.

Curriculum Courses

Stage 4 Mandatory Music – Year 8

Music is compulsory for all students in Year 8. This is a 100 hour course.

The aim of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for active engagement and enjoyment in performing, composing and listening. The emphasis is on students gaining a general experience in the study of music. The repertoire used with students covers the topics popular music, rock music and art music genres.

Assessment is derived from content and skills developed during a unit of work.

Music can be chosen for an elective in Years 9-12.

Stage 5 Music – Elective

Elective music is a 200 hours course.

In Year 9, students choose one instrument and start to develop aural awareness and composition techniques under the topics Music of Another Culture (reggae), Popular Music and Baroque Music.

In Year 10, students continue to develop their skills as performer. Students study the topics Jazz, Music for Stage and Australian Music.

Stage 6 Music Elective – Preliminary and HSC

Students can choose Music 1 or Music 2, depending on their level of proficiency. The focus in Stage 6 is on one instrument and attaining performance standards in the use of the specific instrument.

In Year 12, there is a choice to focus on either composition or musicology, with a core compulsory component of performance for all students. Aural skills are developed using the concepts of music as the basis for study.

The HSC examination includes both practical and aural components.

Performance

Since its establishment, KMHS music students have been involved in a number of performances, involving both community and school events. Our rock band has performed at the Mt Penang Flora Festival and the Kariong Community Fun Festival. Various students, ranging from instrumentalists, to vocalists and ensembles to rock bands, have performed at our Night of the Arts, annual presentation evenings and talent quests.

Our 2013 inaugural ‘Intimate Evening of Music’, showcased the range of talent of students who are in Stage 5 and 6 elective music and who participate in the co-curricular activities.

Co-curricular Activities

Extending from Year 7-12, our co-curricular program caters for both novice and more experienced musicians and a range of styles. These include:

  • Year 7 Music Club
  • Year 8 Music Club
  • Vocal Group
  • Practical mentoring on all instruments and for performance

The music room is open for students during most breaks.

Toni playing the piano at the concert
KMHS student performing at Laycock Street Theatre at the Youth in Performing Arts Concert

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Visual Arts

The Visual Arts and Photographic and Digital Media Team has dedicated, creative, talented and highly trained teachers who provide students with a diverse range of opportunities both within and beyond the classroom.

Continuum of Learning for Visual Arts

Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
Visual Arts Year 7 Syllabus Visual Arts Year 9-10 Syllabus Visual Arts ATAR
Years 11-12 Syllabus
Mandatory 100-hour course Elective course. Offered as 200 hour course. Preliminary and HSC courses

Stage 4 Visual Arts

Visual Arts is compulsory for all students in Year 7 at Kariong Mountains High School. This is a 100 hour course.

Visual Arts provides opportunities for students to enjoy the making and studying of art. It builds an understanding of the role of art in all forms of media, both in the contemporary and historical world, and enables students to represent their ideas and interests in artworks. Visual Arts enables students to become informed about, to understand and to write about their contemporary world.

Students learn about the pleasure and enjoyment of making different kinds of artworks in 2D and 3D forms including drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media and sculpture. They learn to represent their ideas and interests with reference to contemporary trends. They learn how artists, including painters, sculptors, architects, designers, photographers and ceramists make artworks.

Students learn about how art is shaped by different beliefs, values and meanings by exploring artists and artworks from different times and places and relationships between the artist – artwork – world – audience. They also explore how their own lives and experiences can influence their artmaking and critical and historical studies.
Visual Arts can be chosen for an elective in Years 9 – 12 (Stage 5 and 6).

Stage 5 Visual Arts – Elective Course

The elective course builds on the mandatory course and provides further extension and depth of study in the visual arts. It is designed for students in Years 9 and 10 who are seeking to extend their experience of the visual arts. The knowledge, understanding, skills and values developed in this course provide a sound foundation for students electing to study Visual Arts in Years 11–12.
Students learn about the pleasure and enjoyment of making different kinds of artworks in 2D, 3D and 4D forms. They learn to make artworks using a range of materials and techniques, including traditional and more contemporary forms, such as drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture, site-specific works, installations, video and digital media and other ICT forms, in order to build a body of work over time. Students learn to represent their ideas and interests with reference to contemporary trends and gain an appreciation of how artists, including painters, sculptors, architects, designers, photographers and ceramists make artworks.

Students develop their research skills, learn how to approach experimentation and how to make informed personal choices and judgements. They learn to record procedures and activities about their artmaking practices in their Visual Arts diary.

Students learn about how art is shaped by different beliefs, values and meanings by exploring artists and artworks from different times and places and relationships between the artist – artwork – world – audience. They also explore how their own lives and experiences can influence their artmaking and critical and historical studies.

Examples of abstract art created by KMHS students
Examples of abstract art created by KMHS students

Stage 6 Visual Arts – Preliminary and HSC Course ATAR

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC Board Developed Course

Visual Arts as a subject provides for various interpretations of the visual arts that are both contemporary and relevant. Acknowledging that visual arts encompasses the areas of art, craft and design, the subject is theoretically and practically sustained by practice, the frames and a conceptual framework about art. These underpinnings form the basis for content and accommodate different student interests and abilities.

Visual Arts Stage 6 is offered as a course for students with a wide range of needs, abilities and interests. The course caters for the full range of students through learning opportunities based on a flexible content structure consisting of practice (artmaking, art criticism and art history), the conceptual framework (artist, artwork, world, audience) and the frames (subjective, cultural, structural and postmodern). These aspects of content can be engaged more broadly and deeply as students develop increasing autonomy in their practical and theoretical understanding, knowledge and skills.

Course Description

Visual Arts involves students in artmaking, art criticism and art history. Students develop their own artworks, culminating in a ‘body of work’ in the HSC course. Students critically and historically investigate artworks, critics, historians and artists from Australia as well as those from other cultures, traditions and times.

The Preliminary course is broadly focused, while the HSC course provides for deeper and more complex investigations. While the course builds on Visual Arts courses in Stages 4 and 5, it also caters for students with more limited experience in Visual Arts.

Preliminary Course learning opportunities focus on:

  • the nature of practice in artmaking, art criticism and art history through different investigations
  • the role and function of artists, artworks, the world and audiences in the art world
  • the different ways the visual arts may be interpreted and how students might develop their own informed points of view
  • how students may develop meaning and focus and interest in their work
  • building understandings over time through various investigations and working in different forms.

HSC Course learning opportunities focus on:

  • how students may develop their practice in artmaking, art criticism, and art history
  • how students may develop their own informed points of view in increasingly independent ways and use different interpretive frameworks in their investigations
  • how students may learn about the relationships between artists, artworks, the world and audiences within the artworld and apply these to their own investigations
  • how students may further develop meaning and focus in their work.

Particular Course Requirements

Preliminary Course:

  • Artworks in at least two expressive forms and use of a process diary
  • a broad investigation of ideas in art making, art criticism and art history.

HSC Course:

  • development of a body of work and use of a process diary
  • a minimum of five Case Studies (4–10 hours each) representing deeper and more complex investigations in art making, art criticism and art history.

Co-curricular Activities

We have a strong arts culture at Kariong Mountains High School and, extending from Years 7-12, our co-curricular program caters for all of our art and photographic and digital media students. This includes:

  • ArtClub: an opportunity for students to expand their current practice or learn new skills
  • Competitions: entry into multiple local, state and national competitions. KMHS awarded Regional Winners in the ‘Great Schools Show Off’ Video Competition
  • Exhibitions: both within the school and the wider community
  • Excursions: broadening student knowledge and art practice by viewing traditional, contemporary and cross cultural artworks
  • KMHS Photographic Crews: student based photographic teams representing the school and taking photographs for whole school events
  • Practical mentoring for all students at each stage of their art practice

The art rooms are also open for senior students during most breaks and for middle school students upon arrangement.

The KMHS Art Club runs every Wednesday, follow the link below to find out more:

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Photography and Digital Media

The Visual Arts and Photographic and Digital Media teachers are dedicated, creative, talented and highly trained to provide students with a diverse range of opportunities both within and beyond the classroom. We have a photographic dark room and state of the art technology for students to experience the depth of breadth of both photographic and digital media disciplines.

Continuum of Learning

Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
Visual Arts Year 7 Syllabus Photographic and Digital Media Years 9-10 Syllabus Photography, Video and Digital Imaging
NON ATAR
Years 11-12 Syllabus
Mandatory 100-hour course Elective course. Offered as 200 hour course. Preliminary and HSC courses

Stage 5 Photographic and Digital Media – Elective Course

This Stage 5 course builds on the Stage 4 Visual Arts mandatory course. It allows opportunities for students to investigate photographic and digital media in greater depth and breadth than through the Visual Arts elective course.

The aim of the Photographic and Digital Media Years 7–10 Syllabus is to enable students to develop and enjoy practical and conceptual autonomy in their abilities to represent ideas and interests in photographic and digital media works and understand and value the different beliefs that affect interpretation, meaning and significance in photographic and digital media.

Learning opportunities focus on:

  • Introduction to the field
  • Traditions, Conventions, Styles and Genres
  • Wet Photography – using the photographic darkroom
  • How to use the camera and taking a ‘great shot’
  • Digital Media: Adobe Photoshop – manipulating images
  • Digital Media: Adobe Illustrator – graphic design elements
  • Video: 4D videos and animation

Stage 6 – Photography, Video and Digital Imaging – Non ATAR

Content Endorsed Course

Photography, Video and Digital Imaging offers students the opportunity to explore contemporary artistic practices that make use of photography, video and digital imaging. These fields of artistic practice resonate within students’ experience and understanding of the world and are highly relevant to contemporary ways of interpreting the world. The course offers opportunities for investigation of one or more of these fields and develops students’ understanding and skills, which contribute to an informed critical practice.

The course is designed to enable students to gain an increasing accomplishment and independence in their representation of ideas in the fields of photography and/or video and/or digital imaging and understand and value how these fields of practice invite different interpretations and explanations.

Students will develop knowledge, skills and understanding through the making of photographs, and/or videos and/or digital images that lead to and demonstrate conceptual and technical accomplishment. They will also develop knowledge, skills and understanding that lead to increasingly accomplished critical and historical investigations of photography and/or video and/or digital imaging.

Main Topics Covered

Modules may be selected in any of the three broad fields of:

  • Wet Photography
  • Video
  • Digital Imaging.

Modules include:

  • Introduction to the field
  • Developing a point of view
  • Traditions, Conventions, Styles and Genres
  • Manipulated Forms
  • The Arranged Image
  • Temporal Accounts.

OH&S

An Occupational Health and Safety Module is mandatory. The additional module Individual/Collaborative Project extends students’ learning experiences and may reflect students’ increasing interests and desire to specialise in one or more of these fields or explore the connections further between the fields.

Co-curricular Activities

We have a strong arts culture at Kariong Mountains High School and extending from Years 7-12, our co-curricular program caters for all of our art and photographic and digital media students. This includes:

  • ArtClub: an opportunity for students to expand their current practice or learn new skills
  • Competitions: entry into multiple local, state and national competitions. KMHS awarded Regional Winners in the ‘Great Schools Show Off’ Video Competition
  • Exhibitions: both within the school and the wider community
  • Excursions: broadening student knowledge and art practice by viewing traditional, contemporary and cross cultural artworks
  • KMHS Photographic Crews: student based photographic teams representing the school and taking photographs for whole school events
  • Practical mentoring for all students at each stage of their art practice.

The art rooms are also open for senior students during most breaks and for middle school students upon arrangement.

The KMHS Art Club runs every Wednesday, follow the link below to find out more:

Visit Art Club page

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