Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Visual Arts at Barker is a large scale, energetic enterprise. We aim to engender an enjoyment in both creating artworks and developing an understanding for what has shaped the history of art. The student’s world is a source of stimulating ideas and Visual Arts allows students to access their passions, strengths and beliefs.

We engage our students in lifelong learning as critical consumers of life in the 21st century: they debate and critically question fine art in the mainstream, and art in the public/popular domains of graphic design, architecture, film, photography, advertising, art proposals and art critique.

Wide-ranging media

Visual Arts students at Barker are offered a wide range of media with specialist teachers in wet photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, film, video, digital media, graphic design, printmaking, animation, designed objects, and textiles.

We engage the students with real-life scenarios in their studies, investigate cutting-edge artists and designers, writing reviews and create exhibition catalogues. Regular excursions, art camps, visiting artists, workshops and after-school and co-curricular activities are an integral part of the Visual Arts course.


Congratulations to the following students who were nominated for ArtExpress 2021:

Erin Rench, for her stunning series of detailed drawings of her twin sister and herself, 'Double Take'

Riya Swarup, for her fabulous series of five portrait paintings, 'Beneath and Surface' and

Andy Santone, for his incredible drawing of his Italian grandparents, 'Happily Ever After'. 

Tara Jongsma
Head of Visual Arts