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Visual arts

The visual arts course is divided into two parts:

  1. The study of art images – 30%
  2. Practical art making – 70%

In theory the students study images from Aboriginal, Australian and Western European art and contemporary art with a chronological view and thematic approach.

In practical art students may work in a number of areas, drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, digital imaging printmaking, illustration.

Students will be taught art making skills as well as being expected to develop their own individual areas of interest as they progress through Years 9 and Year 10.

The art works of other cultures and artists will be studied.

Assessment of the visual arts subject

Evaluation is by continuous assessment and involves a number of set tasks.  Assessment begins in Year 9 and will carry though to Year 10 for the school certificate, each student will complete set assessment tasks and will be required to complete:

  • A personal project on some aspect of visual arts related to practical work
  • A competent piece of practical art making drawn from a personal area of interest and showing the skills they have developed.

The Visual Arts Diary is a very important part of this assessment in Year 9 and 10.

Visual arts a subject for all years

Can you do this subject in the senior school?

Yes – even without having studied Visual Art in Year 9 and 10.