Art Italian Immersion

Learning in the Arts is unique, expressive, creative and communicative. They engage students in critical and creative thinking and helps them understand themselves and the world. In every society the arts plays a pivotal role socially and culturally. Learning in the Arts allows students to communicate their perceptions, observations, understandings and concepts drawn from other areas of the curriculum.

Learning languages is a fantastic tool for cognitive development. Through learning a second (or third or fourth) language, students have the opportunity to develop technical problem solving skills whilst also using creativity – using the whole brain.

At Craigieburn Primary School we provide the students with a unique experience of offering an exciting art program incorporating ‘Creating and Making’ and ‘Exploring and Responding’ in a rich Italian immersion setting. Combining both Italian and Art into one learning area encourages and allows learning to take place naturally, as the students are learning the language in purposeful setting.

Students will learn about Italian art, culture, foods, colours, feelings, songs and games and they will be given the opportunity to participate in spoken Italian language activities. Many teacher instructions and greetings will be given in Italian and students will be encouraged to reply using appropriate phrases.

The aims of the Art program are twofold:

1. To introduce children to the world of art, how to respond to art, and derive meaning from works of art. Students will be encouraged to evaluate the success of their own art making and make personal and informed judgements of art works, theirs, of others and those of famous Artists.

2.  To give students the opportunity to learn what it means to be creative as well as to learn many techniques and skills along the way. Conventions and basic elements such as Line, Shape, Colour, pattern and Space will be incorporated into each lesson.

Students participating in the Art Italian program will be supplied with an art smock and be instructed in appropriate use and care of materials. Throughout the year, there will be opportunity for students to enter their artwork in the Whittlesea Show to be held during the first week in November.