Cottesloe Primary is fortunate to run an outstanding Visual Arts and Music program.

Visual Arts

Cottesloe Primary is an exciting, challenging and inspirational place for your child to learn.  Our Visual Arts Program is alive with experiences that promote the enquiring mind, the love of learning and the joy of succeeding.

Cottesloe primary School’s Visual Arts Program incorporates all three fields or art, craft and design. Students will engage in a journey of discovery, experimentation and problem solving that will develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours as described in the Western Australian Art Curriculum.

What children will learn…

From Pre Primary to Year 2

Students make artworks in different forms to express their ideas, observations and imagination, using different techniques and processes.  They are able to communicate about artworks they make and view, discussing how and why they were produced and why they are displayed in this manner.

Year 3 and 4

By the end of year 4 students are able to discuss similarities and differences between artworks they make, display and view.  They are able to discuss how they and others communicate ideas visually.  Through collaboration the

y are able to plan artworks that are influenced by traditions and practices of artworks they experience.

Year 5 and 6

By the end of year 6 students will have refined their knowledge of how ideas and intentions are communicated.  They will have built on their knowledge, understanding and skills, focusing on subject matter and properties of different material, technologies and styles.

At Cottesloe Primary have a fantastic purpose built art room with an adjoining outdoor work and display area.  We offer your child opportunities to express ideas, experiment with an enormous variety of materials and engage in a fantastic array of art processes.  There are great opportunities for your child to be involved in community competitions and exhibitions, not to mention our annual Cottesloe Primary Visual Arts Exhibition in term three each year.

Great experiences and opportunities await your child.

L Jones
Visual Arts Specialist

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Performing Arts

Performing Arts

At Cottesloe Primary School the Performing Arts program aims to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging them to reach their creative and expressive potential.

From Pre-Primary to Year Six, students develop skills in music and dance. Developing confidence in performing for various types of audiences. In the early years, students learn to sing, dance and play a variety of instruments such as drumming, ukulele and xylophone/marimba. By year six, the students are expected to be able to play a variety of instruments that easily transpose to other instruments such as piano or guitar.

From Pre-Primary to Year 6, Drama provides a safe environment for personal expression and creative risk, where students work together in an imaginative journey towards a common goal. In an increasingly digital world, drama encourages face-to-face communication and the exploration of language, facial expression, gesture and use of voice. It challenges student perceptions and allows them to walk in others ’shoes. Drama enhances presentation and performance skills and builds confidence through creativity. Most importantly, Drama is fun! Students are given opportunities to engage with drama through improvisation and scripted performances. Upper primary classes engage with Media Arts where they use their creative thinking to develop ideas, learn about filming techniques, use acting skills and editing skills to portray meaning.

From Year 4 to 6, there are opportunities to join a range of groups, including the School Choir, School Band or Drama Troupe. We offer selected children in Year 5 and 6 the opportunity to extend their musical knowledge in either guitar or clarinet. This is run by the Instrumental Music School Service program (IMSS).

Highlights of each year include our Performing Arts concerts, which give the students a chance to showcase their skills to a wide audience. The concerts are themed based, and each child is a part of the show to deliver a story or present their musical talent. These opportunities are given by term or semester. In year six the students put on a musical, this is a much-loved tradition of the school and every student thrives through the experience of working collaboratively to honor musical theatre at its best.

Sarah Orton

Performing Arts Specialist