Visual Arts

 pictures of pictures

Visual Arts
The Visual Arts faculty at Corrimal High School offers a wide range of courses both in junior and senior years. We aim to provide  exciting, challenging an stimulating courses with a wide range of experiences in the classroom including painting, photography, ceramics and computer graphics.

Stage 4 - Years 7 and 8 Mandatory

The aim of Visual Arts in Years 7-8 is to enable students to develop and enjoy practical and conceptual autonomy in their abilities to represent ideas in the Visual Arts. They also learn to understand and value the different beliefs that affect meaning and significance in this field. This course mostly consists of practical artworks that students engage in making with a wide variety of media ranging from clay work, painting,photography and digital media.
 

Course assessment:
 

  • 70% making
  • 30% Critical and Historical Studies

 Lino


Stage 5 Year 9 and 10 Elective Subjects.

Visual Arts


This course is mainly practical work, offering students the opportunity to use a wide selection of art materials and techniques including painting, pottery, sculpture, drawing, video, photography, cartooning, silk screening, graphic design, computer graphics . Students look at everything from traditional, realistic to wild abstraction for inspiration.


Course assessment:
 

  • 60% making
  • 40% critical and historical studies

 Paintings


Photographic and Digital Media

This course is extensive, covering the techniques of handling cameras, lenses, film, processing, printing in the darkroom, and using studio equipment. Students will become proficient photographers, being able to explore their creative  ideas and expression in an individual style. There is also an emphasis on digital photography where students will experience working with advanced techniques in photoshop.
 

Course assessment
 

  • 70% making
  • 30% critical and historical studies

 

Students art work on display in Room 21

 

Visual Design

Visual Design prepares the student for the future work environment – planning, producing and decision making. Visual Design is an interesting subject, which offers skills in design and layout work (cutting, pasting, lettering, page design etc.). Some of the artworks produced could include jewellery, ceramic wares, fabric design to theoretical applications, video animation, exterior spaces, photographs and computer graphics.


Course assessment:
 

  • 70% making
  • 30% critical and historical studies


Room 21A


Ceramics

Students will gain knowledge and skills in designing, making, decorating and firing a range of ceramic projects. Students will also have the opportunity to research, explore and experiment with a range of practical, technical and creative possibilities when dealing with clay.
Students will keep a journal/diary to document processes, experiments, techniques and research information on ceramic artists and their work.
 

Course assessment:
 

  • 70% making
  • 30% critical and historical studies


Circus Themed tea pot - Kaitlin Munroe

      
Stage 6 - Years 11 and 12
 

Visual Arts
 

Subject Name:          Visual Arts                                                                                  

Number of Units:      2

Classification:           Board Developed Course

ATAR rating              Counts towards an ATAR

Hours:                       240 hours over 2 years

Costs:                       Year 11 - $35.00

                                 Year 12 - $30.00 plus additional material costs

Subject Notes:

 

Main Topics Covered

Preliminary Course

  • A focus on the key components and concepts that need to be known in Visual Arts through:
    • The content of practice, conceptual framework, frames
    • Making artworks in at least two forms
    • Use of a process dairy
    • Broad investigation of ideas in art criticism and history

 

HSC Course

  • A focus on more interpretive investigations and relationships through:
  • The content of practice, conceptual framework, frames
  • The development of a body of work
  • Use of a process dairy
  • Investigation of content through at least five case studies in art criticism and history

 

Particular Course requirements:

Preliminary   

  • Artworks in at least 2 forms and use of a process diary

HSC

  • Development of a body of work and use of a process diary (50% of  course)
  • Minimum of 5 case studies

 

Course Description

 

Visual Arts is about making and studying artworks, artists and the art world.  Students do not need to have studied Visual Arts before to do this course.

Students make artwork about themselves, their family, friends, places, objects of personal interest or value, and issues and themes relevant to their life.  Students are taught and work in areas like painting, drawing, claywork, photography, print making and sculpture.  Students study the world of art by learning ideas and approaches to art criticism, and facts and concepts in the history of art.  This is done through research at schools and visits to galleries.

In the Preliminary Course, students learn to work in many of the practical areas above (like painting, photography etc).  Students then make artworks in at least two of these forms.  Art Criticism and Art History are covered by broad investigations of facts and ideas ranging from ancient Chinese clayworks to modern video installations.

In the HSC course, students develop a Body of Work, which may be a single work or several pieces loosely related to each other.  Art Criticism and Art History are investigated through five case studies.

 

 

Painting


Photography. Video and Digital Imaging.

This 2 unit HSC Course over two years offers students for the first time an innovative and comprehensive approach to photography. It will provide students with the opportunity to access a variety of state of the art equipment and give them a good understanding of techniques and technologies used in Photography, Video and Digital Imaging in a creative, exciting and imaginative way.
 

Course Assessment:
 

  • 70% making
  • 30% critical and historical studies


painting


Visual Design

This course is all about designing objects and images. These ideas will help students communicate about the world and their immediate environment. Get your message across by using the tool of design. Students explore design, jewellery making, stage sets, costumes, industrial production, interior design, fashion design, photography and video animation.
 

Course Assessment:
 

  • 70% making
  • 30% critical and historical studies.


Staff
Mrs J.Bass and Mr D. Manks.