Visual Art (A/T/M)

students at Gungahlin College

Course information

Students studying Visual Arts at our College experience self-expression through a range of media including Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Ceramics and Sculpture. Students learn and develop a wide range of skills that allow them to be effective communicators of ideas, while exploring diverse media. Students also display their work in the Gallery on the Park (our own gallery space) and in the wider community through exhibitions and competitions.

Post-school pathways

Do you enjoy or are you good at Art? (pdf, 110kb)

Workload expectation

All Visual Arts units have an emphasis on practical work with the inclusion of written analytical tasks and a visual diary.

Course pattern

Available as a Minor, Major, Major-Minor and Double Major (using Ceramics)

Note: There are no pre-requisites; however, Exploring Visual Arts is suggested as the first unit of study.

Suggested Minor course

Semester

Unit

1

Exploring Visual Arts

2

Visual Arts Negotiated Study 2 D

Suggested Major course

Semester

Unit

1

Exploring Visual Arts

2

Drawing

3

Painting

4

Visual Arts Negotiated Study 2 D

Unit descriptions (sample)

Exploring Visual Arts

In this unit students will experiment with a variety of art media and techniques and explore a variety of art movements, periods and styles. This unit has a focus on introducing students to the basic elements of art and design – colour and tone, shape and form, line and texture and on exploring a variety of media.

Painting

In this unit students will generate ideas for painting through personal aesthetic responses and decisions. Students will experiment with a variety of painting media, and develop a range of painting skills. Students will be encouraged to develop skills in the use of visual language and concepts. Students will also investigate the historical, social and cultural contexts of painting.

Drawing

In this unit students will experiment with drawing techniques that may include traditional mark making and alternative techniques. Students will also experiment with a variety of drawing media including paper, canvas and board.

Portfolio Preparation

This unit enables students to develop a body of work and a visual dairy for a portfolio. Students experiment with a range of visual media and techniques. The unit aims to address photographing and presenting work, students talking about their work at interviews and critiquing and selecting works for their portfolio.