Art Units 1 and 2
Art Units 1 and 2 will appeal to students who are skilled at making their own art and enjoy analysing and writing about artists and their artwork.
There are two main areas for both units: Analysing Art, which uses a set of criteria, called the Analytical Frameworks and Artmaking with a focus on making art based on your own personal interests and ideas.
The Analytical Frameworks fall into four categories: Personal, Structural, Cultural and Contemporary. Using these Frameworks, you will analyse a broad range of artists and their artworks using a variety of methods including short answer questions and in longer responses.
In both units, the process of making your art is considered as important as the finished artwork. Your visual diary will document the way in which you develop and experiment with ideas and work on solutions for your artwork. This includes artist research, developmental sketches and experimentation with a variety of media, materials and techniques, resulting in one finished artwork and visual diary for each art unit
You will complete two SATs (school-assessed tasks) for each unit. Along with the weekly tasks and developmental work in your visual diary, these are a crucial part of the assessment, covering both the theoretical and practical components of the course.
Who is it for?
Art is ideal for students who are skilled at making their own art and who enjoy learning and writing about artists and their artwork. Do you enjoy learning about how artists worked in the past? Are you interested in contemporary art and artworks? Do you have strong artistic skills in art forms such as photography, painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture or digital art? Then this is a chance for you to use these skills by analysing artworks, making your own art and documenting the creative and developmental process in your visual diary.
What do you do?
Activities you will engage in include:
- Brainstorming art ideas
- Making art based on your own skills and interests
- Researching art and artists related to your own individual art style
- Analysing artworks using the Analytical Frameworks
- Documenting the process of making your art using a visual diary
- Completing a visual diary and one finished artwork documenting the art process for each unit
What skills do you need?
To be successful in this subject you need:
- Developed skills in the use of at least one art form, this might include art forms such as drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture or digital art
- Strong drawing skills
- The ability to explore art ideas, themes and practices
- An interest in learning about, researching and writing about art and artists
- Strong organisational and time-management skills
- The ability to learn independently
What skills do you develop?
You will develop skills including:
- Research skills to explore artists, styles and techniques
- Planning skills to create an artwork
- Documenting your process using a visual diary
- Annotation of an artistic process
- Analysis of a range of artists and artworks
- Reflective analysis of art process
You must have access to the internet as the entire course is contained at DECV online. All weekly work will be completed and submitted online. There is no print version of the course book. Resources provided online, such as PDF files, can be downloaded as required. Video resources are contained in the course.
The following text book is highly recommended for these units:
Art-iculate Art for VCE Units 1-4 Second Edition Lou Chamberlain and Deryck Greenwood, Cambridge University Press
All students will need to purchase a visual diary to show the art process in the development of the ideas. The most commonly used sizes are A3 or A4. This will depend on personal preference. Basic materials should also include graphite pencils for drawing and sketching ideas.
Other art equipment you need will depend on your chosen art form (sculpture, textiles, photography, printmaking, painting, digital art, etc).
A camera or phone for taking photos is highly recommended.
Things to think about
Units 1 and 2 Art are divided into a theoretical and practical component. As well as having the skills to make your own artwork, you should have the writing skills to respond to artworks using art vocabulary. Planning and time management skills are especially important in managing the workload.
You need to submit your work online, usually on a weekly basis. You also need to provide evidence of the art process, using a visual diary to document your ideas, experiment with different media materials and techniques and work towards a finished artwork.
Things you can do now
Think about the type of art you like to make and the different styles of art that appeal to you. Look at your current strengths using a particular artform (painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, digital art, etc.) and start to develop some ideas for making an artwork or artworks.
Go to art galleries such as the NGV International and NGV Australia in Melbourne or local or major regional galleries in your area. Look at exhibitions of current artists and start collecting ideas about subject matter, themes, artists, styles, materials and techniques that you might like to use in your own artwork.
Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.