John Colet School has a tradition of offering a superb Art Program. Unlike many schools who hold Art lessons in a number of small sessions within a week, we schedule ours with an extended period between an hour and an hour and a half. Lessons are also often linked to other subject areas that our students are studying so that our lessons are given greater meaning, enabling a trans-disciplinary approach to learning. Furthermore, we are fortunate to have a range of Art teachers who are all practising artists themselves with great skill and passion for their subject.
The results can be seen through all of our students’ work, however we have had some success stories of late that are worth noting. Our Year 6 students group painting was a finalist in this year’s Gallipoli Art Prize, which student representatives attended over the holidays. Elizabeth W in 6th Class has been awarded 3rd place in the Australia My Country Art Prize. One of our alumni, Sophia W was recently a finalist in the Mosman Art Youth Prize. Arnie H, also a former student of JCS, was recently accepted into the highly regarded National Art School in Darlinghurst. Our own Art teacher Mrs Allcorn was announced this week as a finalist in the Hunter’s Hill Art Prize for her watercolour and pencil on birch wood piece Lost in the magic of the bush .
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. – Pablo Picasso