Students are encouraged to generate and develop ideas through activities connected to thematic topics. A variety of techniques and media, are investigated and explored using two and three-dimensional art forms. They produce artworks that form a broad folio of work. The course is structured so that they become familiar with the elements of art — line, shape, tone, texture and colour. Students are encouraged to use digital media within the learning process and appreciate its role in the development and creation of artworks. Finished artworks are supported by carefully annotated developmental work within the Visual Diary and the final artworks are exhibited throughout the year in small school based exhibitions.
Learning in the arts is a complex interactive process, which involves the following aspects:
Perception & Imagination
Sensing, perceiving and experiencing information involves absorbing a concept through the ways we perceive and interpret ideas and concepts. While perceiving can be logical and conventional, it also operates interactively with all other processes in an abstract way.
Inquiry & Thought
Critical and creative thinking, analysing and understanding concepts and ideas through the artistic design process requires an internal creative process which transforms changes and experiences into an inquiry through artistic ideas.
Expression & Technique
Developing a skillset associated with a thematic inspired learning program to enhance our social and cultural context in which art and design forms are made, performed, produced, designed and valued.
In this unit students explore the following essential questions:
- How and why do people create art?
- How are the art elements used in art making?
- Why is art culturally important?
- How does art impact a person’s sense of self?
- How does the environment influence our ideas when making an artwork?
- Exploring the Art Elements through art analysis.
- Three-dimensional Sculpture and associated Visual Art Diary.
- Explorative painting and associated Visual Art diary.