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Creative skills that travel the world

Posted by Peter Bamford on Aug 12, 2016 6:00:00 AM

120816-Skills-that-travel-the-world_300x200px.jpgIt is claimed that over 60 percent of people prefer to look at pictures. A reputable United States study from the 1990s found that we process visual information 60,000 times faster than text. You probably interacted with over 100 visual images before you left home today.

It is indisputable that we live in a digital world that is becoming ever richer in the visual. The means to capture images has never been more accessible - think about the many pictures brought to you every day via social media. You know Facebook is blue, Cadbury is purple and McDonald’s is yellow. The visual is THE contemporary language, one that is universal, pertinent and powerful.

Visual Arts students learn how to use and read visual language; to learn and decipher significant cultural or historical content; to recognise and analyse the use of persuasion and propaganda; to connect with others who share similar life experiences, and much more.

An example of this in action is where Trinity students learn to manipulate photographic images using professional editing software to:

  • communicate how Trinity’s culture has developed since the first sepia photograph
  • develop an understanding of the impact and potential of propaganda
  • comment on post-modern concepts associated with identity, gender equality, racial stereotypes, social justice and environmental priorities.

All of the artworks are developed through research and analysis of various viewpoints which, as a consequence develop the students’ critical thinking. During this process students are guided through a series of stages where creative alternatives are pondered and tested, and choices regarding the placement of significant objects, expressive colour, mood lighting and more, are promoted.

Trinity boys learn that colour, line and shape influence how we feel, and what we collect and buy. They see the world through new eyes and develop an understanding that the curvaceous lines and glistening slices of the Opera House can equally be a symbol of Sydney’s love for aquatic sports or, a blank white canvas for projecting the Vivid Light Festival’s creative visions, for example.

Boys at Trinity also learn to be flexible and multi-purpose in their thinking. Training students to take visual risks, deconstruct a range of ideas, and solve problems (in a safe and creative environment) builds confidence, flexible decision making, and a capacity to avoid the cliché, the stereotype and the predictable.

To see Trinity Grammar School student, Tom Walker’s incredible animation piece watch our Showcase video.

The dawning of the robotic age in a fully automated society will see a decline in work place opportunities for those contained by the predictable without a creative skill set.

The application of these analytical skills crosses all disciplines, acts as a passport to the world, and is fundamental to developing a creative mind. Through Art classes at Trinity, students excel in the application of these visual skills with past Art students practising their talents at tertiary level or industry in Australia, Asia, Europe and the United States of America.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Art programme at Trinity provides excellent opportunities for students to refine their visual skills across a range of expressive forms. The skill set provided to Art students is one that is liberal and widely applicable within and beyond the art world, including the following career paths:

  • Architecture
    Consider Utzon’s drawing skills to translate the convex orange peel slice into the beauty of the Opera House shells.
  • Industrial Design
    Consider Marc Newson’s industrial furniture designs that took the world by storm with his creative vision for steel bean-like lounge recliners.
  • Designed Objects
    Consider Steve Jobs, Jonathan Ives and Apple’s reinvention of the pulsating Bondi Blue iMac G3 which was a reflection of Jobs’ love of design, typography and the importance of colour and light.
  • Festival Artistic Director
    Consider Ric Birch and his team sketching and brainstorming how best to showcase Australia’s unique culture and environment via kangaroos on bicycles at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games opening and closing ceremonies.
  • Art Curation and Criticism
    Consider Robert Hughes drafting the engrossing dialogue when creating his highly influential television series on modern art – Shock of the New and the optical illusion colour scheme.
  • Fashion Design
    Consider how Reg Mombasa’s surreal, vividly colourful graphic representation of Australian suburbia defined the Mambo brand here and internationally.

While the above represent renowned high achievers, Trinity boys are well placed to follow in their footsteps or forge new paths of creativity. Trinity students enjoy a wealth of opportunities to learn and apply creativity skills to contemporary, digital and traditional mediums and, as such, be best prepared for engagement in their wider world; a gateway that is rich with visual grabs and opportunity.

To learn how Trinity Grammar School inspires boys to develop creative skills that travel the world and how the School provides what boys need to flourish, book a tour of our campus.

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Topics: Boys' education, Trinity difference, Arts, Creative arts, International Baccalaureate