Visual Arts

A NESA Elective

Course Description

In Visual Arts in Years 9 and 10 students will have the opportunity to engage in art making experiences which explore a range of subject matter an in at least 2D, 3D and/or 4D expressive forms. Students must keep a Visual Arts Process Diary (VAPD) to formulate ideas for their artmaking and to record the processes and techniques undertaken in developing a body of work. They are also required to record all theory work which includes a range of critical and historical studies which relate to their artmaking during the year in the VAPD.

In critical and historical studies the conceptual framework and the four frames are experienced to establish and understand relationships in the Visual Arts.


Assessment is broken down into two components:

  • Art making 60%
  • Art history and theory 40%

Art Criticism and History includes case studies which are completed in class time where by students are introduced to artists that are relevant to their own artmaking practice. Each course will have an assignment / essay or research task to be done each semester.

Artmaking involves the process that each student undergoes when creating a Body of Work from brainstorming and researching their ideas, to experimenting with their chosen art material or materials and producing artworks which reflects these. They will produce a number of finished artworks as well as development exercises designed to build their technical skills and conceptual understanding. Students process diaries are submitted twice over the term and a Body of Work is submitted once a term for marking.

Media Areas

The following media areas are explored across the 2 years:

  • Documented Forms
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture