Opportunities for self-exploration and self-expression.
The Visual Arts learning area exposes students to the elements and principles of art through a creative study of varying drawing and painting techniques, as well as three-dimensional forms such as clay.
It also includes subjects in media, photography and animation, and allows students to develop their skills and love for all things related to the Visual Arts.
Through Visual Arts, students make and respond using visual arts knowledge, understanding and skills to express meanings associated with personal views, intrinsic and extrinsic worlds.
For more details about courses and subjects, please refer to the latest Course Guides.
Key Study Areas
The Year 7 Visual Arts course exposes students to the elements and principles of art, through a creative study of varying drawing and painting techniques, as well as three dimensional forms such as clay. Making art using digital software is also introduced to students at this level.
Students use a visual diary to investigate, explore and record ideas, and are introduced to art language, themes and artists in order to further their understanding of the meanings and messages in works of art. Students visit the National Gallery of Victoria.
The Year 8 Visual Arts course will further develop students understanding of elements and principles whilst building on skills learned in the previous year. Students are introduced to a new range of art forms, skills, techniques and technologies, providing experiences to make informed choices for their Year 9 electives.
This exciting course provides students with the opportunity to develop their own ideas and demonstrate creativity represented in an organised visual diary. Students engage in critical thinking and a deeper levels of analysis and interpretation of artists from different times.
In Year 9, Visual Arts is an elective where students can choose from the following subjects.
Students engage as both audience and producer. They view and analyse films and animations, whilst creating their own print and animated work. Students develop their creativity by working individually and to create unique media products.
Students explore how artists can express ideas through the medium of digital photography and technologies. They explore different photographic principles to learn professional photography practices and editing techniques to create artworks for display and presentation. Students have the opportunity to use a DSLR camera, edit in Adobe Photoshop and experiment with fine art techniques and are involved in photo shoots. As part of their photographic practice, students draw on artworks from a range of cultures, times and locations to critically interpret and analyse.
Students focus on exploring, creating and making two and three-dimensional artworks in order to become aware of how artists realise their ideas through different visual arts practices.
Visual Communication Design
Students learn to understand the way images can communicate ideas and information. A range of graphic techniques are introduced to give a taste of the experience of being a designer.
In Year 10, students are able to expand on the knowledge of any of the electives from the previous year via the following subjects:
Visual Communication Design.
In Year 11 Visual Arts, students have the option of the following Unit 1 and 2 subjects Media, Studio Art, and Visual Communication Design.
In Year 12 Visual Arts, students have the option of the following Unit 3 and 4 subjects Media, Studio Art, and Visual Communication Design.
Reasons to Choose
Increase your skills where creative and innovating thinking are essential.
Fills the soul and awakens the imagination.
Acquire skills in comprehending and resolving challenges by defining creative responses and modifications.
Communicate in different ways through various mediums.