Why study Visual Art?
The study of Visual Art engages and inspires students and challenges their understanding of the world by
encouraging creative thinking and problem solving. They observe our world and are challenged by provoking
alternate ways of seeing, doing and thinking.
Students have the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in drawing, painting, 3D, media, digital, sound and
time based works of art. The curriculum involves Making and Responding tasks. Through their explorations
students have the opportunity to develop confidence and the ability to work with their peers, collaboratively.
When making artworks students respond to a range of sensory stimuli (visual, aural, tactile) as well as a range of
materials and techniques. Subject matter is drawn from still life, human figure, portraiture, landscape and
concept. In responding to personal artworks students learn about influences from the history of art and the
contemporary art world through research which assists them in resolving their own art making. Students are also
required to consider how their work will be viewed and displayed for an audience. Students will keep a visual
diary that documents thinking and process sketches and planning.
Students who study Visual Art are adept creative thinkers and problem solvers who can think critically and
confidently. Students are self-motivated and independent learners who are able to manage time and adapt to
change. Employers are seeking these qualities in their employees. In an increasingly busy world Visual Art teaches
students to manage their leisure time and engage in art practice that contributes to general mental and physical
Everything in our world has an artist involved. The flyers in your letter box, the movies and TV you watch, the
industrial design of your home appliances, the houses you live in and the clothes you wear. As visual artists we
are architects, fashion designers, costume designers, graphic artists, interior designers, product designers, art
educators, animators, film makers and artists.
Artwork by Lara Madden (Year 10 2018)