Students build upon their knowledge and experience of the Visual Arts gained in Year 7. They develop confidence in communicating ideas sourced from their imagination, personal experience and continue to engage in the art of other cultures.
The thematic basis of the study explores the human form, as a vehicle for self expression. Students design, interpret and construct art works that communicate a greater understanding of themselves and their relationships with other people. They produce self-portraits, masks and cartoons during the course.
They also develop a greater understanding of their physical surroundings and a respect for their natural environment. They also consider architecture, and their natural environment as an expression of social and cultural values.
A survey of contemporary and historical art styles completes this course which compliments studies in drama, media and design technology.
Students are constantly challenged to consolidate their drawing skills while investigating a greater range of traditional and contemporary art forms, styles, media, materials, equipment and technologies. Cognitive development is stimulated through a series of well structured fine motor skills exercises and a problem based learning environment.
Using appropriate vocabulary, students reflect on their own art works and ideas, evaluating and refining their concepts according to their intentions and audience response. They research and analyse a range of historic and contemporary art forms from different social and cultural contexts, comparing key features such as symbols and other formal qualities, leading to a greater understanding of the function of art in the community.
This course aims to:
• provide an art experience that allows for individual differences.
• promote creativity and imagination through a range of art forms that
• communicate experiences, ideas, concepts, observations and feelings.
• encourage self-expression and individuality while promoting social
• skills and responsible attitudes.
• satisfy the desire to manipulate, construct, experiment with, shape and
• control materials, so that student develops sensitivity to his environment through discriminatory selection.
• contribute to the student?s confidence in his own ability, clarifying and extending his knowledge, cultivating his individuality.
Students are encouraged to continue to document their development through the use of a visual diary which they are required to retain from Year 7. This single document will record the student’s journey through the Middle School Visual Arts Program. The practical work environment also enables students to work towards exploring art as a process.
Drawing is an important part of the creative process and is fundamental for artistic expression and design. Students will be presented with activities and tasks that allow them to confidently explore their drawing skills as a means of self expression. Observational and conceptual drawing tasks will also be presented to the students to help them develop their visual awareness.
Students will also have the opportunity to explore other two dimensional and three dimensional art and design methods. It is expected that they would complete activities painting, print making and sculpture, using a range of different media and materials.
Information Communication Technologies (ICT)
ICT is utilised throughout the course and students will have the opportunity to use photocopiers, computers, digital cameras and scanners. Initially confined to research producing written documentation and multimedia presentations, ICT has become integrated into the design process as well as recently becoming an end in itself with the introduction of large format printers, computerised stencil cutting and milling machines.
Throughout the semester students will produce both two and three dimensional art works including drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. The students will record their art work in a journal as a response to their individual environment and personal experiences.
Assessment descriptors for Report Semester One and Two
Task 1: Design and Development Journal
Task 2: Finished Art Work
Task 3: ICT Application/Research Assignments