Arts – Stage 1 Visual Arts

Contact Teacher

Fleur Slater fslater@navigator.sa.edu.au

 

Required Background

It is strongly recommended that students have completed either Year 10 Visual Arts or Year 10 Arts-Design

 

SACE Credits/Course Length

Each course attracts 10 credits

 

Visual Arts

The Stage 1 Visual Arts course provides students with a myriad of opportunities to explore their creativity in an individualised learning environment. The components of the course are; two major artworks, backup folios that support these works, an evaluation for each practical work and a visual study. Students will have opportunities to research, connect and analyse visual art works in their cultural, social and historical contexts. There is flexibility at Stage 1 level, allowing students to authentically explore their interests and build their skills while having the benefit of a supportive classroom environment.

 

Course Content

The focus of this course is on producing resolved art works through applying a creative problem-solving process, studying and implementing skills and techniques, while analysing how other `practitioners produce solutions. In this subject, students are expected to:

  • conceive, develop, and make work(s) of art that reflect individuality and the development and communication of a personal visual aesthetic.
  • demonstrate their visual thinking through the development and evaluation of ideas and explorations in technical skills with media, materials, and technologies.
  • apply technical skills in using media, materials, and technologies to solve problems and resolve work(s) of art
  • communicate knowledge and understanding of their own works and the connections between their own and other practitioners’ works of art
  • analyse, interpret, and respond to visual arts in cultural, social, and/or historical contexts; develop inquiry skills to explore visual arts issues, ideas, concepts, processes, techniques, and questions.

The course contains three main components:

  • Visual Thinking
  • Practical Resolution
  • Visual Arts in Context.

 Visual Thinking

Visual thinking skills for artists are integral to the creative or problem-solving process. Visual thinking is about developing the skills to think visually and to record this thinking through the use of drawings, sketches, modelling, photographs, media studies and experiments etc. accompanied by written or recorded annotations to document the thinking process. For artists this involves applying a creative or problem-solving process usually in a logical sequence.

Practical Resolution

Works can be resolved using the various practical genres of Art, which may include, for example: painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, sculpture, installation, assemblage, digital imaging, photography, ceramics, and textiles. Students evaluate what they have achieved and provide insights into how processes have affected the outcome. Students learn how to produce a practitioner’s statement.

Visual Arts in Context

Students will be introduced to core concepts, forms, styles and conventions of the visual arts. They will draw information and inspiration from the work (styles, contexts, media & techniques) of past and/or present artists through observation and research. The ability to compare and contrast works of art within a context or from different contexts is emphasised.

 

 Assessment

Students will need to complete the following assessments:

Folio (40%) School-based assessment

  • one folio that supports one major and one minor artworks (maximum of 16 x A3 sheets for the major artwork, 4 x A3 pages for minor artwork)

Practical (30%) School-based assessment: this includes

  • 1 major artwork, 1 minor artwork
  • a 250 word practitioner’s statement for the major artwork

Visual study (30%) School-based assessment

  • Students present the findings of their Visual Study, as well as their conclusions, insights, and personal opinions about aesthetics, in the form of 10 x A3 pages, integrated with a maximum of 1000 words of written text (or a maximum of 12 minutes of oral explanation).

 

Visual Arts-Design

The Stage 1 Visual Arts-Design course provides students with opportunities to explore design, particularly in the areas of graphic communication and product design. Students are able to develop individual concepts through the perimeters of a design brief. The components of the course are; one major and one minor work of design, backup folios that support these works, an evaluation for one practical work and a visual study. Students will have opportunities to research, connect to and analyse works of design and other design practitioners in their cultural, social and historical contexts. There is flexibility at Stage 1 level, allowing students to authentically explore their interests and build their skills while having the benefit of a supportive classroom environment.

 

 

Course Content

The focus of this course is on producing resolved works of design by applying the creative problem-solving process, studying and implementing skills and techniques, while analysing how other practitioners produce solutions. The cyclic design process is emphasised throughout this course and includes research, analysis, the initiation and development of concepts, the exploration of possibilities, the testing and refining of ideas or concepts, the practising of technical skills, and evaluation, before the design outcome is resolved.  In this subject, students are expected to:

  • conceive, develop, and make work(s) of design that reflect individuality and the development and communication of a personal visual aesthetic.
  • demonstrate their visual thinking through the development and evaluation of ideas and explorations in technical skills with media, materials, and technologies.
  • apply technical skills in using media, materials, and technologies to solve problems and resolve work(s) of design.
  • communicate knowledge and understanding of their own works and the connections between their own and other practitioners’ works of design.
  • analyse, interpret, and respond to visual arts in cultural, social, and/or historical contexts; develop inquiry skills to explore design issues, ideas, concepts, processes, techniques, and questions.

The course contains three main components:

 Visual Thinking

  • Practical Resolution
  • Visual Arts-Design in Context.

 Visual Thinking

Visual thinking skills for designers are integral to the creative or problem-solving process and is usually based around the development and formulation of a design brief that specifies parameters for the designer. Developing skills to think visually and to record this thinking is presented though drawings, sketches, digital graphic representations, modelling, prototypes, photographs, media studies and experiments accompanied by written or recorded annotations to document this process.

Practical Resolution

Design works can vary for the Stage 1 course and are usually specified in a design brief, resolutions may include graphic, modelled, or prototype items to fully visualise the outcome.  As part of the reflective process in meeting the perimeters of the brief, students learn how to produce a practitioner’s statement.

Visual Arts-Design in Context

Students will be introduced to core concepts, forms, styles and conventions of design. They will draw information and inspiration from the work (styles, contexts, media & techniques) of past and/or present designers through observation and research. The ability to compare and contrast works of design within a context or from different contexts is emphasised.

 

 Assessment

Students will need to complete the following assessments:

Folio (40%) School-based assessment

  • one folio that supports one major and one minor artworks (maximum of 16 x A3 sheets for the major artwork, 4 x A3 pages for minor artwork)

Practical (30%) School-based assessment: this includes

  • 1 major artwork, 1 minor artwork
  • a 250 word practitioner’s statement for the major artwork

Visual study (30%) School-based assessment

  • Students present the findings of their Visual Study, as well as their conclusions, insights, and personal opinions about aesthetics, in the form of 10 x A3 pages, integrated with a maximum of 1000 words of written text (or a maximum of 12 minutes of oral explanation).