Photography demands exploration and experimentation, and inspires creativity. It allows us to document historical and important moments in time, capture our own personal journey through life, or simply create art. It’s also known to be therapeutic and have a positive impact on mental wellbeing. Photography allows the opportunity to focus the mind and encourages the innate awareness of surroundings, promoting mindfulness and reducing stress. Perhaps the most significant benefit of photography is that it forces the photographer to view the world from a different perspective. It can reveal beauty simply by macro focusing on detail otherwise inaccessible to the eye; it can showcase juxtaposition; and it allows us to witness social and cultural differences.
With the ubiquitous nature of technology, it is clear that we live in a visual age. Central to this is a visual arts education. Although the practical skills taught in visual arts aren’t typically measured with tests or exams, these qualities are relevant and applicable in the workforce. As Elliot Eisner, Professor Emeritus of Child Education at Stanford University says, “We want our children to have basic skills. But they will also need sophisticated cognition, and they can learn that through the visual arts.”
Trinity Grammar School provides an extensive range of co-curricular activities for your son to discover and develop his skills and God-given talents. These programmes include activities aimed at developing important skills in leadership, communication, performance, creativity, decision-making and teamwork. From dramatic and creative arts to music and sport, co-curricular activities are essential to raising well-rounded boys, building their self-confidence and further enhancing their connectedness to the School.
The creation of art in its various forms is an effective way to stimulate the brain. Research from the University of Sydney and the Australian Council for the Arts demonstrates that involvement in the arts offers wide-ranging benefits for young people – not just in the classroom, but also in life. Students who participate in the arts have higher levels of motivation at school and improved engagement, self-esteem and life satisfaction. It is also recognised that the arts can enhance academic performance.
Studies have shown that playing a musical instrument enhances a boy’s education in many ways, from sharpening their fine motor skills and facilitating their emotional and behavioural development to improving literacy and even numeracy.
Dance dates back to prehistoric times (and probably even further back), and is a part of almost every culture. It’s an activity that transcends time and place, and is valued the world over. It makes us feel good, allows us to express ourselves and is a great form of aerobic exercise whether you dance in front of the mirror for yourself, at an event with friends, or on a stage for the enjoyment of others.
Visual arts classes offer more than just a creative outlet and exhibitions that make parents proud of their boys’ newfound talents. In fact, visual art classes positively impact boys’ lives in many ways, enriching their learning experience in school. The benefits of visual arts classes may not seem obvious at first, but they all contribute greatly to the holistic development of your son.
By Steve Collins, Head of Visual Arts and Catherine Benz, Curator, Delmar Gallery
In Trinity news we congratulate Year 10 and Year 11 Visual Arts students, Lewis Kanellos, Alexander Little, James Wang and Lewis Dobbin, who have been selected for the inaugural Young Curators at Trinity initiative following a call-out to all Years 9-11 students.
Creativity is billed to be the third most valuable skill in the workforce in the next two years, according to the World Economic Forum’s The Future of Jobs report.
Why is it important for children to be creative? With rapid advancements in technology, artificial intelligence and automation, the next generation will need to be creative and adaptable with proven problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Creativity no longer belongs in the realm of the creative arts, it is a necessary skill for all aspects of learning and will be a workforce requirement in all manner of industry.
The Annual Best of the Best Art exhibition showcases Trinity boys' diverse talents and creativity and is a highlight of the Creative Arts calendar each year.
This year hundreds of art students and parents gathered in The Delmar Gallery to attend the opening of the eagerly anticipated exhibition featuring works by Trinity boys in Years 7 to 11. The best artworks from each Year group are exhibited with prizes and High Distinction Certificates awarded to outstanding artworks that have been created over the last academic year.