From an Aboriginal perspective, The Arts incorporate our rich heritages expressed through narrative, song, dance and visual artistic expression from both traditional and contemporary perspectives. Using the ancient traditions of narrative and the arts, students are encouraged to relate the methods of The Ancestors in the transmission of culture through the oral tradition: yarning, song and dance, thus empowering them through honouring their stories whilst engaging with the arts.
The Arts at Worawa must reflect the diversity and uniqueness of Aboriginal Australia. This will include traditional and contemporary arts practices, personal and community narratives, new perspectives and expressions of identity and spirituality as well as the stories and experiences of contemporary Aboriginal Australia.
As an Aboriginal school, the Arts program is a means by which narrative can be told and developed through the following:
- Visual Arts
“As most students are EAL/D, narrative and a variety of means of story-telling are also critical to students’ understanding of language forms and therefore English language skills development within familiar contexts. As such, narrative shapes the program.”
As stated in the ACARA Curriculum, in Dance, students use the body to communicate and express meaning through purposeful movement. Dance practice integrates choreography, performance, and appreciation of and responses to dance and dance making. At Worawa, students engage in personally and culturally relevant dance projects. They will be guided by experts in a variety of forms of dance as well as experts in Aboriginal dance forms.
Music, the curriculum identifies that students listen to, compose and perform music from a diverse range of styles, traditions and contexts. They create, shape and share sounds in time and space and critically analyse music. Music practice is aurally based and focuses on acquiring and using knowledge, understanding and skills about music and musicians. At Worawa a number of music practitioners will work with students to understand a variety of musical traditions including those from students’ communities and cultures. The College is proud to have a partnership with the Australian Chamber Orchestra – Inspire.
Visual Arts, students experience and explore the concepts of artists, artworks, world and audience. Students learn in, through and about visual arts practices, including the fields of art, craft and design. Students develop practical skills and critical thinking which inform their work as artists and audience. Worawa has its own Art Gallery. The gallery promotes art work from Worawa students and the communities that they come from. Students therefore have constant exposure to a range of traditional Aboriginal art styles. They also liaise with experts from their own communities to better understand the traditional guidelines around subject matter and techniques.
Performing Arts is an exciting and integral part of the Worawa curriculum. Students are encouraged to express themselves and to share and explore their own cultural knowledge, while attempting new and challenging forms.