Middle School - Visual Arts Teacher

Mrs Bronwyn Jackson

Visual Arts, in the Middle School is a unique and creative space for every student of all abilities to thrive.

This time in a young pupil’s life is vital as they continue to strengthen awareness of their talents and strengths, in conjunction with realising the choices and directions opening up to them in their student journey. The creative forum of Visual Arts unfolds many opportunities to design and make works which demonstrate art is not always drawing realistically, but can also be conceptual, abstract, intuitive or interactive. They cultivate a respect for developing skills through practice and experimentation, which like so many aspects of life require repetition and opportunities to learn in a safe and encouraging environment, in order to improve and shape their achievements.

It is my goal that every Middle School art student will find an expression of creativity in some form. In the classroom, we engage in many expressive forms, including sculpture, photography, charcoal and ink drawing, collage, simple printmaking, installation works and painting. This is aligned with learning about contemporary and historical artists as well as movements that have shaped the art world. Exhibiting the artworks created by our students is an important part of the whole art experience here at Scots All Saints, where works are regularly displayed on the Art room veranda, the library, the clinic and the College office spaces. Since COVID-19, an online virtual Gallery has been launched on the College website for a wider audience to access. Take a look at the Scots All Saints Virtual Gallery here.

My love of teaching and the Visual Arts goes back through my family generations, with miniature portrait artists, sculptors and photographers in my heritage. However, it wasn’t until my own experiences in Senior High School art classes where a spark for teaching began. I saw how my art teacher could inspire, encourage, demonstrate, expand minds, challenge ideas and impart generously his knowledge and understanding. It was this positive and inspiring role model, along with my family’s history, that paved the way for this wonderful and fulfilling career of which I love. I aspire daily to meet the values I saw in my teacher and to reflect my Christian faith.

Studying at the National Art School and the Australian Catholic University, followed by teaching in single gender & co-educational high schools, as well as in Regional Galleries gives me the expertise and great pleasure to bringing the best of this background to Scots All Saints as we build a strong Middle School Visual Arts Program and Culture. I love drawing on my artistic practice and passions to the classroom & I bring this to the teaching and nurturing of students in Christian Studies lessons. The opportunity to bless students with prayer, discussion and a chance to explore God’s grace and love is such a precious time in the student’s week. Being able to value add to students Middle School years in both Visual Arts and Christian faith is a true honor and vocation.

Mrs Bronwyn Jackson

Middle School - Visual Arts Teacher

“It is my goal that every Middle School art student will find an expression of creativity by engaging in many expressive forms, including sculpture, photography, charcoal and ink drawing, collage, simple printmaking, installation works and painting.”