Year Level Description
Students develop and apply skills and knowledge to communicate feelings of themselves and others through their artwork. They practice and experiment further in order to gain a greater knowledge of skills in manipulation, art materials, tools, techniques and processes. They use their knowledge to explore a range of art forms through a variety of sources for inspiration. Students draw upon experiences, direct observation and imagination whilst developing more complex art ideas. Within each art form they develop further understanding of the art elements, line, shape, tone, space, texture, colour (primary, secondary and tertiary) and form. They make and create two- and three-dimensional artworks combining and manipulating art elements and principles.
Students also study artworks from their own and other cultures. A major emphasis is on developing further the concepts of personal styles and styles of work from different cultures. They discuss artworks in terms of materials, techniques, processes, use of elements and principles. They gain new understandings, noting quality and expressive effects. They further identify social and historical features of artworks in order to broaden their awareness of the role of Art through history. All students actively participate in collaborative projects both within their year level and across the campus.
Two-dimensional Art Practice
Drawing — students are encouraged to use their understanding to explore both real and abstract images and to relate to the lines and textures around them. They use their image making to fulfil their own needs of individual expression and are exposed to as many different stimuli as possible to artistically express themselves. They have the opportunity to make their own choices regarding the means of expression and the medium to be used.
Printmaking — students practise the art through the use of relief and resist work with an emphasis on the elements of line, pattern and shape in a graphic form. They explore the elements of harmony, balance and contrast in their work.
Three-dimensional Art Practice
Ceramics — students design and create a three-dimensional work that uses a range of methods. They make decisions about which techniques will best suit the construction of the work, how they might use an armature to support the piece when building, how they will utilise strong joining techniques and consider the drying processes required to keep the work strong yet workable at each stage. Students extend their knowledge on decorative techniques and the variety of different clays available and their properties and firing requirements. They have the opportunity to explore the use of under glazes and carving and scribing techniques that both expose the clay body and allow for intricate detail in the design.
By the end of the year students are expected to:
- identify, create and use tertiary colours;
- identify, create and use complementary and split-complementary colours;
- understand how colour can be used to express mood, emotion or atmosphere;
- understand that tone creates the illusion of three-dimensional form in painting;
- understand how to use the art elements and design principles to create a logo;
- use texture in two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork for surface decoration;
- use figure-ground relationships in artwork;
- use positive and negative space in artwork;
- understand and use non-western use of space e.g. Indigenous art;
- understand and use more complex clay joining techniques: large coil pots and plates, slab building and joining techniques;
- understand that a variety of glazes and detailing methods can be used to decorate clay;
- understand that a variety of iPad applications can be used in combination with video and music to create artwork;
- discuss aesthetic qualities of three-dimensional form;
- critique artwork works using appropriate visual art terminology;
- develop interpersonal skills through teamwork and collaboration when creating an artwork.