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The following elective subjects are available in the Visual Art stream:

Students will design their dream holiday house. They will learn how to develop an architectural floor plan and then translate these design features into orthogonal and perspective drawings. Both hand drawing and digital drawing methods will be used. Extension topics include design development of interior room spaces. Students will also undertake a research investigation on contemporary sustainable architectural practices.

NO previous experience needed in Visual Communication Design.

This subject will offer students with the opportunity to further their drawing and painting skills. The class with be centred on the production of 2D artworks. In order to develop their painting skills students will go through developmental works and drawings. Their major works will be a product of a sustained effort in working with selected paints and mixed mediums. The content of each student’s folio will address a theme. Students will select themes that meet their personal areas of interest. The folio will reflect personal choices resulting in a series of finished artworks. In order to assist students in developing their areas of interest, the class will examine art styles and techniques during the course.

Assessment will address the completion of:

  1. A series of thematic works in dry and wet mediums. The students will support their art making with personally collected inspirational imagery.
  2. Completion of a research assignment and oral presentation focusing on an artist from the Modern era.

This course involves an investigation and application of a variety of techniques for the making of ceramic sculpture. Students will create and make a collection of finished works addressing individually developed ideas.

Processes that inform the study of ceramics include a range of hand building and decorating techniques as well as use of colouring and glazing methods. Through their art production and art responding work, students will expand on their knowledge of  possibilities for further investigation.

Students will investigate the cultural contexts and ideas of modern and contemporary artists in order to develop concepts and designs within their own work.

Students will be assessed on their production of ceramic pieces, their design folio, visual analysis and a research assignment.

This course involves the exploration of a variety of media to develop student’s’ drawing skills. Media explores include pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, crayon and watercolour. The class will be focused on the production of a number of finished works following a series of developmental lessons. Units of work will relate to skill development, still life, object drawing, outdoor sketching, figure drawing and manga. Art analysis and presentation are also important components of the course.

Assessment will address the completion of:

1. A series of thematic works in a variety of media. The students will support their finished drawings with a series of preparatory works.

2. Completion of a research assignment and oral presentation focusing on an artist from the Modern era.

The Media Arts elective is an interdisciplinary subject that is focused on the relationship between art and technology.  In this subject, students investigate how media codes and conventions are used to represent viewpoints and communicate ideas in the production of digital artworks.   Students also develop skills using different media reproductive technologies to construct and exhibit their own digital artworks.  

Students will learn to use graphic design techniques and skills to enhance their visual communication imagery and develop design solutions. The areas of technical, perspective and observational drawing systems will be explored via both hand and digital drawing techniques. Students will also undertake written analysis of typography and imagery to deepen their understanding audience and context.

NO previous experience needed in Visual Communication Design.

This subject focuses on the development of art making/responding skills in the construction and interpretation of painted artworks.  Students begin by developing their painting skills through a series of developmental activities before progressing towards the completion of a student-directed folio.  The folio is theme based, made up of a number of preliminary pieces and a final resolved artwork, and involves the use of different art making media.  Over the course of the semester students use a visual diary to record all of their work, collect inspirational imagery and analyse the work of different artists.  Assessment in this unit addresses the completion of:

  1. A series of thematic works in dry and wet mediums supported by collected inspirational imagery.
  2. A research assignment and oral presentation focusing on a Modern art movement.

Students participate in both theory and practice relevant to both analogue and digital photography. Students will use a variety of cameras to produce an image, process black and white film, print an image with correct tonal contrasts, digitally alter or enhance an image, critically appraise own and others’ art works, and study the history of photography.

Students will be assessed on the satisfactory completion of a folio, of images and written tasks in their sketchbook.

Printmaking and drawing have strong links. This unit aims to extend knowledge of both areas through study and execution. Students will make drawings based on set themes and original ideas which will stand independently and also be used for the making of relief, intaglio and surface prints. The study of significant artists from different times and cultures will be an integral part of this course. Safety and care of tools and equipment will also be an important aspect of this subject.

Sculpture is creating art which has depth, width and height.
Students will have the opportunity to create and express ideas using three dimensional materials, develop technical skills and become aware of the importance of sculpture in the Arts.
Students will use sculptural processes ranging from carving, constructing, wax and clay modelling, moulding and casting.
They will also develop visual analysis skills, investigate significant sculptors, gain an understanding of the history of sculpture and study the themes of sculpting the figure.
Students will be assessed on practical work, their folio showing developmental work, written analyses of art works and a research assignment.

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