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Creative and Performing Arts

Visual Arts


INTRODUCTION:


The Visual Arts Teachers at St Johns Park High School are highly trained and motivated teachers who enjoy seeing creativity flourish. 

We firmly believe that all students are capable of achieving great things in Visual Arts. We excite, engage and extend our students within the arts, achieving strong academic and personal outcomes. 

Aim:


Visual Arts provides opportunities for students to enjoy the making and studying of art. Students are encouraged to be creative while experimenting, taking risks, problem solving, pushing boundaries and investigate their world and produce strong, personal works. They learn to investigate and respond to a wide range of artists and artworks in artmaking, critical and historical studies.

COURSES:


Students at St Johns Park High School undertake mandatory study in the Visual Arts within the Year 7 and Year 8 Curriculum (Stage 4). Students complete one semester of study in Visual Arts in each of Year 7 and Year 8. Students have the opportunity to choose an elective such as Ceramics, Photography and Sk8er Art in Year 8 that complements their interest in the Visual Arts. 

Years 7 and 8 are given a variety of artmaking experiences that enable them to achieve personal success. Students experience a range of artmaking techniques such as drawing and painting but also printmaking, ceramics and computer generated artworks. Visual Arts allows students to be creative thinkers.


Years 9 & 10 (Stage 5) Students have the opportunity to study from a variety of courses. Visual Arts, Ceramics, Photography and Digital Media, Visual Design and Multimedia are offered to extend the experiences they enjoyed in Stage 4. 


Years 9 and 10 Visual Arts

. Students create a series of artworks that are based on critical and Historical studies of artists and their artworks. They explore different media in depth and push personal experiences to create exciting and vibrant artworks. 

Year 9 and 10 Ceramics.

Students are taken through a range of clay building techniques, such as coil and slab building and using the pottery wheel and slip casting. Students learn about ceramics through the ages and the decorating styles used by past cultures and contemporary artists.

Year 9 and 10 Photography and Digital Media

. Students use the darkroom and film cameras to take, develop and produce their own Black and White photographs. They learn about photographers and their role in social and political history. Students use digital cameras and the software program Photoshop to create and enhance their photographs. 

Year 9 and 10 Visual Design.

Students create functional objects by looking at designers past and present. They design murals, jewelry, gardens and other objects that can be used in everyday situations. 

Years 11 & 12 (Stage 6), students can elect from Visual Arts, Photographic and Digital Media, Visual Design, Multimedia and Ceramics. It is not necessary to have studied any of these courses in Stage 5 to be able to excel in the Stage 6 course.


Year 11 and 12 Visual Arts.

Students undertake a process that demonstrates their interests and abilities. As part of the course students are taken to the “Art Express” Exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. In Year 11 students are guided through a range of artmaking tasks. This assists students to choose the media they use for the creation of their Body of Work. The Body of Work is the main focus of Year 12. Students create artworks that reflect their own interests. These artworks are marked externally by a group of Board of Studies appointed markers. This is an ATAR course. The 2014 HSC class had 42% of the cohort receiving a band 5. 


Year 11 Visual Design.

Students create functional objects by looking at designers past and present. They design murals, jewelry, gardens and other objects that can be used in everyday situations. This is a non – ATAR course. 

Year 11 and 12 Ceramics.

Students are taken through a range of clay building techniques, such as coil and slab building and using the pottery wheel and slip casting. Students learn about ceramics through the ages and the decorating styles used by past cultures and contemporary artists. This is a non – ATAR course. 

Year 11 and 12 Photography and Digital Media.

Students use the darkroom and film cameras to take, develop and produce their own Black and White photographs. They learn about photographers and their role in social and political history. Students use digital cameras and the software program Photoshop to create and enhance their photographs. Students create a range of animations using found objects, drawn and computer generated images. This is a non – ATAR course.