Arts – Stage 2 Visual Arts

Contact Teacher

Fleur Slater fslater@navigator.sa.edu.au

 

Required Background

It is strongly recommended that students have completed Stage 1 Visual Arts or Stage 1 Arts-Design

 

Visual Arts

Stage 2 Visual Art 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 a great deal of flexibility at Stage 2 level, allowing students to authentically explore their interests and build their skills while having the benefit of a supportive classroom environment.

 

SACE Credits/Course Length

20 credits – Full-year

 

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. They will demonstrate their visual thinking through the development and evaluation of ideas and explorations in technical skills with media, materials, and technologies. They will 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. This means using drawings, sketches, modelling, photographs, media studies and experiments etc. accompanied by written or recorded annotations to document the thinking process. For artists this usually involves applying a creative or problem-solving process 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 two major artworks (maximum of 20 x A3 sheets for each major artwork)

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

  • two fully resolved artworks
  • a practitioner’s statement for each artwork

Visual study (30%) External assessment

  • Students present the findings of their Visual Study, as well as their conclusions, insights, and personal opinions about aesthetics, in the form of 20 x A3 pages, integrated with a maximum of 2000 words of written text (or a maximum of 12 minutes of oral explanation).

 

Visual Arts-Design

 

Stage 2 Visual Arts-Design provides students with opportunities to explore various aspects of design with an emphasis on graphic and product design. Students are 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 a great deal of flexibility at Stage 2 level, allowing students to authentically explore their interests and build their skills while having the benefit of a supportive classroom environment.

 

 

Course Content

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.

Visual thinking is about developing the skills to think visually and to record this thinking. This means using drawings, sketches, modelling, photographs, media studies and experiments etc. accompanied by written or recorded annotations to document the thinking process. For designers this involves applying a creative or problem-solving process in a logical sequence.

Practical Resolution

Students will create a work or works of design for the following areas:

  • product design: e.g. toy, fashion, furniture, and engineering design
  • environmental design: e.g. sustainable interior and exterior design
  • graphic and visual communication design: e.g. branding, illustration, and advertising.

The production of multiple copies of design resolutions may be the most appropriate outcome or may be specified in a design brief. Other design resolutions may include graphic, modelled, or prototype items to fully visualise the outcome. Students evaluate what they have achieved and provide insights into how processes have affected the outcome through the production of a practitioner’s statement.

Arts Design in Context

Students will be introduced to core concepts, forms, styles and conventions of the 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 from individual designers or design movements 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 two major design works (maximum of 20 x A3 sheets for each major design work)

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

  • two fully resolved design works
  • a practitioner’s statement for each design work

Visual study (30%) External assessment

  • Students present the findings of their Visual Study, as well as their conclusions, insights, and personal opinions about aesthetics, in the form of 20 x A3 pages, integrated with a maximum of 2000 words of written text (or a maximum of 12 minutes of oral explanation).