Creative and Performing Arts

At Arndell, we believe passionately in the role of the Creative and Performing Arts in the education of every student. We have an extensive Performing Arts program that offers all students many opportunities for curricular learning experiences in Music and Drama. We also offer an exciting and challenging program in Visual Arts.


Arndell Anglican College runs classroom Music from Prep to Year 12. Students develop their understanding through a skills-based course that follows the NSW Board of Studies Curriculum.

All students from Prep to Year 8 take part in Music lessons. Our students learn to:

  • Perform using their voices and a range of instruments
  • Compose using different instruments and musical software application
  • Critically listen to music

The Music course enables all students to develop knowledge and skills in Performing, Composing and Listening and encourages students to participate in all aspects of Music. Students in Years 9-12 can elect to continue their studies of Music as part of their formal curriculum.

The Performing Arts Centre has many dedicated performance spaces including:

  • An Auditorium that seats 550 people
  • A Music computer lab of 16 computers, running the Music programs Cubase and Sibelius
  • Multiple practice rooms


Drama is taught as part of the curriculum for all students in Prep to Year 8 at Arndell Anglican College. Students can also elect to continue their Drama studies as part of their formal curriculum in Years 9-12.


Dance is also offered through co-curricular opportunities.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts at Arndell Anglican College is a stimulating centre of learning that aims to:

  •     Activate, develop and liberate the creative potential of individual students
  •     Simulate self-expression through a personal awareness of imagination, intuition, emotion and point of view

We strive to help students to:

  •     Exhibit and constantly evaluate one’s own work as well as the work of others
  •     Develop visual and tactile sensitivity
  •     Develop powers of observation and become aware of the environment as a source of inspiration for art making
  •     Develop enjoyment and confidence in the ability to think creatively
  •     Develop aesthetic appreciation and communicate ideas and opinion
  •     Realise the expressive potential of a variety of media and its implications

At Arndell, we endeavour to expose students to a large variety of visual media when they study the Visual Arts, including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculptures, printmaking, photography and digital media.

Visual Arts Stage 4 (Years 7 and 8)

Visual Arts is experienced by all students in Years 7-8 in a balanced curriculum of both theory and practice.  Students will have an opportunity to explore their creative potential by producing artworks inspired by the artists studied.  Students learn to take on the roles of artist, art critic and art historian through the various activities conducted each lesson. Students explore a variety of two and three dimensional media whilst studying a variety of themes throughout their course of study at the College. 

Visual Arts Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10)

Visual Arts is an elective in Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) and students consolidate their previous experience in art making, art history and art criticism, as touched on in Stage 4.  Students understanding of the Visual Arts is deepened upon and broadened through further use of two and three dimensional media to create more self directed artworks which explore topics related to still life, landscape, portraiture, sculptured vessels, mask cultures, the human form, and contemporary art.

In critical and historical study, students build on their understanding of the Visual Arts through experiencing art first hand during excursions to art galleries.  Students further develop and consolidate their critical analysis skills in the exploration and discussion of artists and their artwork.

Visual Arts Stage 6 (Years 11 and 12)

In their Preliminary year, students study a range of artists and artworks based on the syllabus outcomes.  Then using a variety of media, students produce works of art that reflect the knowledge and understanding they have gained through studying various artists and their artworks.  Topics for study are based on current exhibitions held in galleries attainable to the students such as The Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art, The State Library of NSW, Museum of Sydney and many more. 

The skills learnt by students in their Preliminary year at the College are strengthened during their Higher School Certificate year through art critical and art historical practice.  It is during the course of this year that the students design, develop, and execute their own body of work exploring their own personal expression as an endeavouring young artisan.