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 using 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 answers and essays.
In both Units, the process of making your art is considered to be just as important as the finished artwork. Your visual diary will document the way in which you develop 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 Unit.
Who is it for?
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 to make your own artwork and document 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
- making one finished artwork for each Unit to present with your visual diary.
What skills do you need?
To be successful in this subject you need:
- developed skills in the use of at least one art form. These might include artforms 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
What skills do you develop?
You will develop skills including:
- researching artists, styles and techniques
- planning and creating an artwork
- documenting the process using a visual diary
- annotation of artistic process
- analysis of a range of artists and artworks
- reflective analysis of art process.
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 for presentation of their work. A3 size is preferred, preferably with plastic pockets. Basic materials should also include sketchbooks and 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 recommended.
Things to think about
Both Units are divided into a theory and a practical component. Students should have the skills to develop a good command of writing using art vocabulary. Planning and time management skills are especially important in managing the workload of Art Units 1 and 2.
The nature of this course is that, essentially, it is online. Keep in mind that you need to submit your work online, usually on a weekly basis, and provide evidence of visual diary progress as you develop your 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.