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VISUAL ART

The Arts Faculty at St Rita’s College conspires to provide a meaningful, vibrant and rigorous Arts Education

that celebrates what it is to be human.

St Rita’s Arts Faculty Mission Statement

Why study Visual Art?

The study of Visual Art has the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich the lives of students. It encourages them

to reach their creative and intellectual potential by igniting informed, imaginative and innovative thinking. It

develops students’ aesthetic sensibilities, technical skills and creative problem-solving abilities that may be

applied throughout their lives. In addition, the study of Visual Art develops organisational skills, confidence,

personal initiative, empathy and tolerance, resilience and the ability to work alone and collaboratively.

What is studied in Visual Art?

Assessment is based on each of the following strands in line with the Australian

Curriculum.

Making (planning and producing artworks)

Responding (appraising their own and other’s artworks)

Visual Art offers a unique means by which students can visually communicate

concepts and perceptions, express feelings and give personal, meaningful form

to ideas. This is achieved through the application of the elements and principles of the visual language in

experimental, developmental and resolved artworks. Students make their own artworks using a variety of

media and techniques across a range of art forms including Drawing, Painting, Design, Printmaking, Ceramics,

Sculpture and Installation.

Students learn to reflect on their own artworks and respond with sensitivity and appreciation to artworks

made by others from a variety of historical, social and cultural contexts including Indigenous Australian artists

and artists from the Asia Pacific region. Professional artists’ workshops, visits and gallery excursions inform

this process and promote further cultural engagement. Students are required to document their responses,

reflections and their on-going creative process in a visual diary.

When producing artworks, students learn to respond personally to a range of sensory stimuli (visual, aural,

tactile and kinaesthetic). Subject matter for making artworks is drawn from the human figure, still life, man-

made and natural environments, intuitive, subconscious realms and the virtual world. In Years 9 and 10,

students examine concepts of stylisation, realism, representational and non-representational art forms,

personal perception, expression and interpretation, deconstruction, reconstruction and abstraction.

Studies of art history, contemporary art movements and artists are directly aligned to the student’s practical

tasks. Relevant studies of cultures, civilisations, artists and movements from Prehistory to Post-Modernism

ensure students gain a comprehensive knowledge of art movements, artists, styles, techniques and processes.

Future Pathways

The Junior Visual Art course prepares students for an enriched, holistic life and for a wide variety of career

paths because it aims to develop the ‘whole’ person. Employers of the future will value employees who are

creative, visually adept, critically informed, culturally aware and confident participants in the real world and

who are able to manage time and resources efficiently. Students who study Visual Art learn to be self-

motivated, adaptable problem solvers and lateral thinkers who use artistic expression and the power of the

visual image to contribute to and impact upon their environment. Students also learn to use leisure time more

creatively and productively.

The continued study of Visual Art in Years 11 and 12 often serves as a pre-requisite for further studies toward

art related careers. Traditional areas include Architecture, Advertising, Web Page Design, Interior Design and

Decoration, Fashion, Graphic Design and Fine Arts. Expanding fields include Arts Education, Arts

Administration, Art Dealership, Design Management, Art Therapy, Art Advocacy, Marketing and Research, Set

Design, Animation and Community Project Management.