The Arts are broadly studied through the 4 outcomes of:

  • Arts Ideas –  Students generate art works that communicate ideas
  • Arts Skills and Processes – Students use the skills, techniques, processes, conventions and technologies of The Arts.
  • Arts Responses – Students use their aesthetic understanding to respond to, reflect on and evaluate The Arts
  • Arts in Society – Students understand the role of The Arts in Society.

Year 7 and 8 Visual Art

Students in Years 7 and 8 attend 2 periods of Visual Art per week.

This course is compulsory and teaches essential skills in The Arts such as:

  • skills in drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture and printmaking
  • using creative thinking to develop ideas
  • responding to a variety of artists and artworks.

Year 9 and 10 Art Electives

In year 9 and 10 students are given the opportunity to choose electives in the following art subjects:

  • Painting and Drawing
  • Ceramics
  • Photography
  • Video
  • Printmaking

These courses allow students to develop skills and ideas in specialised areas. Each elective lasts for 1 semester.

Year 11 and 12 Visual Arts

Students can study TEE Visual art through SIDE (Secondary Isolated Distance Education).

Students in Year 9/10 Painting and Drawing Elective made animations, inspired by South African artist, William Kentridge


Year 9 and 10 Photography students from Kalbarri DHS have studied various artefacts that were found at the wreck of the Zuytdorp ship which crashed north of Kalbarri on treacherous cliffs. Students chose an object and found a contemporary equivalent. The students then took the object to a local beach and sank the objects underwater. This act of submerging the objects connects back to the Zuytdorp ship crashing on the coast and having its contents (and people) sink under the sea