Visual Art ATAR


What is ATAR Visual Art all about?

In the Visual Arts ATAR course, students engage in traditional, modern and contemporary media and techniques within the broad areas of art forms. The course promotes innovative practice. Students are encouraged to explore and represent their ideas and gain an awareness of the role that artists and designers play in reflecting, challenging and shaping societal values. The Visual Arts ATAR course allows students to develop aesthetic understandings and a critical awareness to appreciate and make informed evaluations of art through their engagement of their own art practice and the work of others.

Who should select these units in Year 11?

Students with a strong interest in the arts; those who enjoy both the practical and theory of the arts are encouraged to select ATAR Visual Art. Students wanting to select ATAR Visual Art will need to have successfully passed the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) in Year 10 or prequalified by achieving Band 8 or higher in the Year 9 NAPLAN.

Pathway

Upon successful completion of these units, students would progress to Unit 3 (Commentaries) and Unit 4 (Points of View) in Year 12. ATAR Visual Art is a course for students wishing to pursue Art or Design at TAFE or University.

Areas of Study

UNIT 1 – DIFFERENCES

  • Students consider differences arising from cultural diversity, place, gender, class and historical period in their art making and interpretation.
  • Students explore ways of collecting, compiling and recording information and documenting thinking and working practices.
  • Students explore approaches to drawing and develop awareness that each artist has his or her particular way of making marks to convey personal vision.
  • Students use a range of media to examine how visual language and media choices contribute to the process of conveying function and meaning, and communicate ideas.
  • Use critical analysis frameworks to analyse artwork from different points of view.

UNIT 2 – IDENTITIES

  • Students explore concepts or issues related to personal, social, cultural or gender identity in their art making and interpretation.
  • Students develop a personal approach to the development of ideas and concepts, making informed choices about the materials, skills, techniques and processes used to resolve and present their artwork.
  • Students build understanding that art may give form to ideas and issues that concern the wider community and can be utilised to challenge preconceived ideas.
  • Investigate others’ visual arts practice to make connections and inform the development and production of own artwork.
  • Further develop critical analysis frameworks to analyse artwork from different points of view.

To provide for different learning styles a variety of assessment tasks are used. For each course of study tasks are selected from:

  • Written and Oral Investigations.
  • Art Making and Portfolio.
  • Analysis and Examination.

What is ATAR Visual Art all about?

In the Visual Arts ATAR course, students engage in traditional, modern and contemporary media and techniques within the broad areas of art forms. The course promotes innovative practice, sstudents are encouraged to transform ideas and develop concepts using innovative approaches to art making and presentation. Consideration is given to the roles of artists in different societies as well as the social functions of art. In the analysis of their own and others’ artwork, students reflect on the relationship between artwork, audiences and contextual factors, and consider how these contribute to the development of different perspectives.

Who should select these units in Year 12?

An understanding of the Year 11 ATAR Visual Art content is assumed knowledge for students in Year 12 ATAR Visual Art. Students with a strong interest in the arts; those who enjoy both the practical and theory of the arts are encouraged to select ATAR Visual Art.

Students wanting to select ATAR Visual Art will need to have successfully passed the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) in Year 10 or prequalified by achieving Band 8 or higher in the Year 9 NAPLAN.

Pathway

Upon successful completion of these units, students will have the necessary Visual Art Portfolio (of evidence) required for entry into courses for students wishing to pursue Art or Design at TAFE or University.

 

Areas of Study

UNIT 1 – COMMENTARIES

  • Students engage with the social and cultural purposes of art making to produce a unique and cohesive body of work
  • Broad and innovative inquiry includes the conceptualisation and documentation of experiences within contemporary society.
  • Students analyse and comment on the meaning, purpose and values being communicated within artworks.
  • Students develop an understanding of the relationship between form, function and meaning in addition to how artists are influenced by pervasive ideas, events and circumstances to give meaning within artworks.

UNIT 2 – POINTS OF VIEW

  • Students engage in sustained inquiry, exploring ideas and developing concepts to communicate a personal point of view to produce an articulate and authentic body of work.
  • Students investigate a range of solutions using visual language and document the progressive resolution of thinking and working practices.
  • Students develop skills, techniques and processes that embrace new art forms, innovation and develop their own personal style.
  • Students use critical analysis frameworks to develop an understanding of the practice of art making and art interpretation.
  • Students research and analyse factors affecting points of view such as time, place, culture, religion and politics, synthesising this knowledge to express a personal viewpoint or position.

To provide for different learning styles a variety of assessment tasks are used. For each course of study tasks are selected from:

  • Art Making and Portfolio
  • Written Investigation, Analysis and Examination