Creative arts is mandatory for students from Kindergarten to Year 6.
In creative arts, students discover a variety of art forms through a study of dance, drama, music and visual arts where they learn to appreciate, compose, listen, make and perform.
Each art form has its own unique knowledge and skills, elements or concepts as well as a capacity to inspire and enrich lives.
In Visual Arts students view various artists works and are learning to appreciate art. They explore the various art forms and skills used to create art and compose works that investigate how they see people, space, objects and places in the world. ODPS often creates art for many school events and occasions as well as enters competitions such as the Public Schools Art Festival and the Cultural Diversity Calendar art completion. We are very proud to have been successfully chosen to feature in this Calendar on multiple occasions. We also run a Year 2 Art Club as an extracurricular activity. Click here to view our extracurricular activities page.
In Dance and Music students learn about composition of music through concepts such as beat, tempo, tone colour and dynamics. They have the opportunity to listen and respond to music through movement and dance, exploring various dance elements including space, direction and structure. In each subject students appreciate, respond to, compose and perform, to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding. Our students enthusiastically choreograph and participate in many school events where different styles of dance and music are performed. Events include our Easter Hat Parade, Harmony Day where different cultural dances and songs are learnt and/ or performed, Open Day and Christmas celebrations. Musical performances can include singing and instrumental performances, for example lummi sticks, percussion, recorders and drumming. We also provide extracurricular opportunities with our Dance, Choir, Band and Recorder Groups. Many of our school groups have the opportunity to compete in a range of inter-school competitions as well festivals and events at venues such as Sydney Town Hall and the Sydney Opera House. To view our Extracurricular Page click here.
In Drama students enjoy experimenting with different forms of drama from puppetry, mime, improvisation, script writing and acting performances, through elements of drama such as voice skills, tension, focus, mood and symbols. Students are also exposed to movie making where their script writing and drama skills come together and are recorded and edited on iPads. Grade based film events, such as the Stage 3 Oakley Film Festival, are often held where students can play their movies to their peers and receive feedback on their scripts, acting and editing skills. Many of these films are also entered into various out of school competitions, such as the Dendy Arts Alive Film Festival where we have won multiple awards.