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Visual Arts

Visual Arts provides opportunities for students to enjoy the making and studying of art. It builds an understanding of the role of art in all forms of media, both in the contemporary and historical world, and enables students to represent their ideas and interests in artworks. Visual Arts enables students to be informed about, understand and write about their contemporary world.

Stage 4 - Year 7

What is Visual Arts? Survey of prior experience at Primary school.

Exploring Visual Arts Practices – Art History and Criticism, the Conceptual Framework tool – artist, artwork, art world, audience, Frames – structural, subjective, cultural and post-modern.

Visual Arts Process Diary (V.A.P.D. sketchbook) – Creative documentation of art making practice, learning experiences task planning and evaluation is modelled and fostered including dating and decorative layout of V.A.P.D. page entries

Art making and study includes:

Investigations of the language of art, such as the Elements of Design; tone, line, shape, form & space, size & scale, direction, colour, texture. The Principles of Design; harmony, contrast, rhythm, movement, repetition, gradation, dominance and emphasis, balance, proportion, unity, variety, composition and perspectives, etc.

Investigations of the Frames and Conceptual framework to focus exploration in the subject matter of personal identity, strengths, wellbeing and interests.

Students will be engaged in design and composition of 2D art making forms such as drawing, painting, collage and 3D art making such as clay, assemblage and construction.

Opportunities to demonstrate learning of critical and historical practice through ICT.

Stage 4 -Year 8 - Elective

Visual Arts Extension

An extension to the content areas of Visual Arts and the language of Art as described as the Elements and Principals of Design. Making Visual Art incorporating artworks informed by an understanding of practice, the conceptual framework and the frames. Longer, self-initiated and negotiated exercises with integrated theoretical study and art making projects will be undertaken.

Exploring the Practices of Art History and Criticism to appreciate artworks informed by their understanding of practice, the conceptual framework and the frames, including the multiple forms tracing the historical origins of related media and techniques. Information and Computer Technologies (ICT) and Aboriginal art may also be included.

Main Topics covered:

Exploring Visual Arts Practices – Art History and Criticism, the Conceptual Framework tool – artist, artwork, art world, audience, Frames – structural, subjective, cultural and post-modern.

Visual Arts Process Diary (V.A.P.D. sketchbook) – Documenting art making practice, planning and evaluation. Dating and decoration of V.A.P.D. page entries.

Investigations of art based on;

Areas of personal interest, developing autonomy in themes and conceptual practice.

Exploration or Forms, such as painting, drawing, etc, developing skills and artistic practice.

Incorporating prior knowledge of the Elements and Principles of design

Stage 5 - Years 9 and 10 - Electives 

 

Sculptural Arts 3D

Making Visual Art incorporating drawing artworks informed by an understanding of practice, the conceptual framework and the frames.

Exploring 3 Dimensional forms, media, qualities, techniques and technology, including, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, fibre and multimedia artworks.

Exploring the Practices of Art History and Criticism to appreciate artworks informed by their understanding of practice, the conceptual framework and the frames, including multiple 3D forms and tracing the historical origins of related 3D media and techniques.

Photo & Digital Arts

Making Visual Art incorporating artworks informed by an understanding of practice, the conceptual framework and the frames.

Exploring 2 Dimensional and 4 Dimensional forms, media, qualities, techniques and technology, including, photography, digital, media, film and video, animation, multimedia and performance artworks.

Exploring the Practices of Art History and Criticism to appreciate artworks informed by their understanding of practice, the conceptual framework and the frames, including multiple 2D and 4D forms and tracing the historical origins of related 2D/4D media and techniques.

Traditional Arts 2D

Making Visual Art incorporating drawing artworks informed by an understanding of practice, the conceptual framework and the frames.

Exploring 2 Dimensional forms, media, qualities, techniques and technology, including drawing, collage, design, painting, printmaking and multimedia artworks.

Exploring the Practices of Art History and Criticism to appreciate artworks informed by their understanding of practice, the conceptual framework and the frames, including multiple 2D forms and tracing the historical origins of related 2D media and techniques.

Drawing

Making Visual Art incorporating drawing artworks informed by an understanding of practice, the conceptual framework and the frames.

Exploring the Drawing form as a foundation for other forms in terms of composition, perspective and design as well as, media, qualities, techniques and technology, including multimedia artworks.

Exploring the Practices of Art History and Criticism to appreciate artworks informed by their understanding of practice, the conceptual framework and the frames, including the form of drawing and tracing the historical origins of related drawing media and techniques.

NESA Years 7-10 syllabus link: https://www.educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/k-10/learning-areas/creative-arts/visual-arts-7-10

Stage 6 - Years 11 and 12 

Visual Arts involves students in art making, art criticism and art history. Students develop their own artworks, culminating in a 'Body of Work' or BOW in the HSC course. Students critically and historically investigate artworks, critics, historians and artists from Australia as well as those from other cultures, traditions and times.

The Preliminary course is broadly focused, while the HSC course provides for deeper and more complex investigations. While the course builds on Visual Arts courses in Stages 4 and 5, it also caters for students with more limited experience in Visual Arts.

Whilst the junior Electives are not a pre-requisite for studying Visual Arts in the Senior school, students do find the experience and skills gained in these electives is beneficial to Senior work.

The culmination of this Course is the production of a Body of Work for HSC submission and an exam.

Preliminary course description

The nature of practice in art making, art criticism and art history through different investigations

  • The role and function of artists, artworks, the world and audiences in the art world
  • The different ways the visual arts may be interpreted and how students might develop their own informed points of view
  • How students may develop meaning and focus and interest in their work
  • Building understandings over time through various investigations and working in different forms.

Additional information

  • Artworks in at least two expressive forms and use of a process diary
  • A broad investigation of ideas in art criticism and art history

HSC course description

  • How students may develop their own practice of art making, art criticism, and art history
  • How students may develop their own informed points of view in increasingly independent ways and use different interpretive frameworks in their investigations
  • How students may learn about the relationships between artists, artworks, the world and audiences within the art world and apply these to their own investigations
  • How students may further develop meaning and focus in their work.

Additional information

  • Development of a Body of Work (BOW) and use of a Visual Arts Process Diary (VAPD)
  • A minimum of five Case Studies (4-10 hours each).
  • Deeper and more complex investigations of ideas in art criticism and art history.

NESA Years 11 and 12 syllabus link: https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/11-12/stage-6-learning-areas/stage-6-creative-arts/visual-arts-syllabus

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