Year Level Description
Students make and present visual artworks using a range and combination of visual art elements, skills, techniques and processes. They explore and competently use their skills in utilising and manipulating art materials, tools, techniques and processes for specific outcomes. They are encouraged to further explore each of the art forms: drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, mixed media, design, construction, ceramics and computer technology. They further develop their understanding of the art elements of line, shape, colour, form, tone and texture within each art form. This is supported through the continued use and exploration of a range of art principles such as balance, repetition, pattern, movement, space, proportion, contrast and perspective. Students are encouraged to identify and describe, using arts language, features of visual artwork made and presented from past and present cultures. All students actively participate in collaborative projects both within their year level and across the campus.
Two-dimensional Art Practice
Drawing — students focus on the main elements of line, shape and pattern and use these concepts to develop texture and movement in their work. They use repetitive line that changes size and direction and provides contrast in an artwork. They explore the use of colour and line to develop emotive qualities in their work and experiment with the varying mediums available such as the softness of soft pastels and the painterly effects of oil pastels to create shading and depth. Students explore perspective and horizon lines, and create works that contain story telling elements and meaning in the content.
Printmaking — students explore the use of resist and rubbing techniques. They experiment with other mediums that complement printmaking and learn about the elements of tone, colour and texture.
Three-dimensional Art Practice
Ceramics — students have the opportunity to freely explore modelling, shaping and textural qualities and use appropriate tools to decorate and extend on the form of the work. They extend on their knowledge of the previous year and develop a free form rolled slab into a tile and functional work. They learn about the use of an armature to hold the shape of the clay. This technique also gives students an understanding of producing form and the possibilities of using this method to retain shape right through the firing of the work. Students gain a greater understanding of the firing techniques involved in creating strong and long-lasting ceramic work.
By the end of the year students are expected to:
- use line in a variety of ways to create pattern according to a cultural tradition;
- understand that shapes can be repeated to create complex patterns;
- use line to create the illusion of three-dimensional form;
- use control lines for special effects shading;
- distinguish lights and darks when creating skin tones on a portrait;
- identify, create and use a range of colour values;
- develop interpersonal skills through teamwork and collaborative projects;
- use different types of line to show emotions, movement or visual rhythm and expressive qualities, while interpreting music;
- identify and use complementary colours;
- discuss aesthetic qualities of form;
- use a variety of materials and techniques to create three-dimensional forms in papier-mâché;
- understand that a photo collage can be created on an iPad.