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The study of Visual Art enables students to give visual form to thoughts, feelings, ideas and beliefs. It develops their ability to interpret, respond to sensory stimuli and communicate their experiences.
Consequently, through Art, students learn to be visually literate. This enhances their capacity to be creative and provides skills to interpret and express ideas in an ever-increasing world of visual communication.
Art develops social and critical thinking skills and encourages personal fulfillment through art experiences as a preparation for life (work and leisure). The art classroom is a place for creativity, and problem-solving. Art is a vocational preparation as it teaches students how to research, develop and resolve their ideas in preparation for many careers including advertising, architecture, design, engineering, marketing and teaching.
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Mrs Mary Phillips
Head of Faculty - Art
Years 7 - 9
The curriculum available in the middle school years involves a combination of research, development and resolution of ideas, subjects and images. The content areas are thematically based, and students experience a range of two-dimensional, three-dimensional and time-based making tasks. At least one responding task (short response, written assignment or test) is set during the semester that students study Art.
More detailed information is available in the Years 7-9 Subject Handbook.
Years 10 - 12
Year 10 Art provides students with valuable preparation for the study of Visual Art in Years 11 and 12.
Senior Visual Art is a two-year course based on units of work that comprise contexts, concepts, focuses and media areas.
Concepts are presented to the student to engage them in learning experiences that allow them to develop their own focuses for artworks. Throughout the course, students have the opportunity to develop and explore ideas in response to a teacher provided direct stimulus or experience. Making processes involve selecting, exploring, manipulating and exploiting materials and techniques to communicate meaning. A range of two-dimensional, three-dimensional and time-based media areas are explored including ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, digital media and sculpture.
When responding, students research the art practices of key artists and respond to inquiry questions. They describe, analyse and interpret images and objects through synthesising information, evaluating meaning and justifying positions. This enhances students’ understanding of the purpose and intent of visual artworks in various cultures and societies.
Students are required to use an art journal to document the research and development of their making and responding tasks. This journal forms an important part of the validation process for assessment.
More detailed information is available in the Years 10-12 Subject Handbook.