Visual Arts at Rivergums Primary School

The Visual Arts specialist program at Rivergums Primary School has progressively gathered momentum over the year with the addition of 3 teachers to provide a Visual Art program, one hour per week, to all students from Pre-primary to Year 6. In 2021, students have had the opportunity to work with a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, sculpture and ceramics.

ANZAC Art Display

Leading up to ANZAC Day, we read illustrated stories on ANZAC history, then students developed observational drawing skills in still life (teddy bears) and portraiture to create art works about fictious characters who served their country. Year 5 and 6 students engaged in learning and discussions about various animals that are trained to work with the Australian Defence Force. Students shared discussions and created art works about how Private Sarbi, an Australian explosives detection dog, was lost for 13 months in Afghanistan.

Learning Journey

Rivergums families were welcomed to the art room for a vibrant and busy display of students’ talents and achievements over the year. With a sensational number of art loving attendees, we look forward to showcasing future student Visual Arts outcomes at our school.

Whole-School Mural Project

Staff and students from Kindergarten to year 6 created paintings and a clay tile to collectively form a whole school mural, based on the story ‘The Dot’ by Peter H. Reynolds which illustrates the beauty of nurturing a growth mindset in all aspects of life.

Castaways Sculpture Awards and Schools Exhibition

This year’s entry was entitled “Mid the shadows of the Gums.’ It was inspired by a visit from a Juvenile Boobook owl to our school in Term 1.


A group of students ranging in year 3-6 who are passionate about their culture, worked collaboratively to create Rangoli art works in chalk around the school in celebration of Diwali.

Art Club

As an initiative to support student social and emotional wellbeing and form positive relationships in a creative space, students voluntarily attended Art club throughout the year one lunchtime per week. Much of the art created was based on working with nature and natural materials.

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