Proudly Offering Extension, Enrichment & Differentiation in the Visual Arts
The Gifted and Talented Education: Visual Arts program was established at Applecross Senior High School in 1968, it was the first program of its type in Western Australia, and celebrated 40 years of excellence in 2008. Our prestigious Visual Arts program produces graduates highly regarded by tertiary institutions and arts industry due to our tradition of excellence and reputation for success.
Only students who demonstrate talent in the Visual Arts are selected to attend the ‘Special Art Program’ at Applecross Senior High School following rigorous statewide practical art testing. Each year our school receives well over 200 applications for the 32 positions available in Year 8. The program has an excellent retention record, and students enrolled at Year 8 level continue with their studies through to Year 12.
This unique Visual Arts program offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a range of highly specialised studio disciplines during regular Saturday morning workshops conducted by professional artists and practicing crafts persons. Our student’s benefit from exhibiting their artwork and being involved in community art projects.
This differentiated curriculum offers the participant exposure to contemporary Visual Arts practice, current exhibitions, and collaborative involvement in studio workshops that provide a stimulating and supportive environment for the gifted and talented student. We help our students achieve their potential by encouraging them to conceptualise, explore sophisticated visual communication techniques, and develop a breadth and depth of personal investigation.
The ‘Special Art Program’ at Applecross Senior High School is challenging and exciting. A student’s full commitment is necessary, however, the long term benefits and rewards ensure a pathway to tertiary study in a diverse variety of career paths.
Extract from the ‘The National Review of Visual Education’ – August 2008:
The overarching driver sensed by Governments, nationally and internationally, is that creativity is a resource that must be nurtured in order to harvest the rewards of innovation. Important messages emerging from a decade of international reports on Art Education indicate that:
Year 10 Award for Excellence
Year 12 Award for Excellence
Nationally and internationally acclaimed Painter.
Professor Su Baker
Head of the School of Art – Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne) – professional artist.
Nationally acclaimed Painter.
Mark Ho (Chi Kuen Ho)
Subject Award for TEE Art in 1996 (Top Student in Western Australia) - Graphic Designer – Design Lecturer at Curtin University of Technology. Worked as a Graphic Design Tutor in Special Art program at Applecross SHS for a number of years.
David Hummerston (father)
Editorial Counsellor for The West Australian.
Janet Hummerston (mother)
Head of Visual Art Department at Perth College.
Si Hummerston (son)
Subject Award for TEE Art 2006 (Top Student in Western Australia), General Exhibition, Certificates of Distinction (Art and English Literature), Certificate of Excellence – studying Medicine at the University of Western Australia. Winner of the Rob Riley Award for Highest TEE Achievement for an Aboriginal Student 2006.
Lecturer in Visual Art at Curtin University of Technology.
Subject Award for TEE Art 2007 (Top Student in Western Australia), Certificate of Distinction in Art 2007.
Curator – City of Fremantle Art Collection.
Senior Creative Advertising – ‘303 Advertising’ - Perth.
Textile Artist / Puppeteer - Recognised as a ‘National Treasure’.
Cartographer – Mines Department of Western Australia.
Artist. Worked as a Painting Tutor at Applecross SHS in 2006.
Painter – in numerous art collections across Australia including the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Recognised as a ‘National Treasure’. Worked as Painting Tutor at Applecross SHS.
Professor Diane Stone PhD
Lecturer in Politics and International Studies at Warwick University, United Kingdom.
Vinten Browning: Advertising Agency of the Year Award 2007.
QANTAS Spirit of Youth Awards 2006 - named as one of the top 24 Artists under 24 years of age in Australia. Worked as a Photography Tutor at Applecross SHS in 2006.
Became an exhibiting ceramic artist and part time fine art lecturer at Curtin University of Technology. Since 1999, David has worked as an Art Director and Matte Painter in Feature Film visual effects in Sydney and London.
Yr 5 parents are invited to attend an information evening re Year 7 2015 on Monday 29 July @ 6.45pm
will commence 18 June. Click the SSO logo to make your selections or make an appointment.
Yr 10 parents are invited to attend subject specific sessions on Tuesday 18 June @ 6.30pm
The 2013 Calendar of Events can be found in the NEWS tab.
Term 2 concludes for students on Friday 5th July. Term 3 commences for students on Tuesday 23rd July.
In Terms 2 & 3 the shop is open each Monday 1pm to 4pm, and Wednesday 8am to 11.30am.
Due to the building project the main car park is now out of use. Parents are asked to drop off & pick up either on Ardessie St or Links Rd. The front driveway is NOT a kiss & drive zone.