Art Units 3 and 4
Art Units 3 and 4 has two Outcomes.
Outcome 1 is related to the study of artists and their artworks using four Analytical Frameworks that were presented in Units 1 and 2. You can choose the artists that you want to study.
Outcome 2 involves your own personal art-making exploring a theme of your choice. You will follow the art process to create a visual diary of work that includes research and the development and refinement of your ideas. This will culminate in at least one finished artwork at the end of each Unit.
Who is it for?
This subject is for students who enjoy making art and are interested in the history of art through to contemporary times.
You may want to simply explore your own creativity or you can be interested in pursuing a career in the world of art.
A study of artists and artworks and learning how to analyse and discuss artworks is also undertaken. There is much to discover about the personal experiences and differing points of view demonstrated by artists throughout history.
What do you do?
Written worksheets refine your ability to correctly use art language to analyse artworks. All weekly work is preparation for you to achieve your best results in the two written SACs and end of year exam.
You will also complete short quizzes and blog with fellow students in order to improve your general knowledge of art.
You are taught how to follow the art process to produce a carefully annotated visual diary that documents your journey toward expressing a theme of your own choice. In each Unit of work this is concluded by the production of at least one finished artwork.
Online classes and visits to the DECV are available for students at different points of the course to assist with any difficulties that students may be experiencing.
What skills do you need?
The ability to create and take some creative risks is important. Drawing skills are an advantage, but are not essential as there are many ways in which creative ideas can be expressed. The ability to talk about one’s own artistic ideas is useful, but even this can be developed further by engaging in conversations with the teacher and peers through the online blog.
A willingness to read and research a particular artist and their artworks is necessary in order to complete the SACs and end of year exam.
What skills do you develop?
You will develop a stronger sense of your own identity as you work towards expressing your own ideas in visual and written form.
There is a whole year to make progress with drawing or technical skills that you use to achieve your goal of self-expression.
Your ability to talk about artworks that you have seen before is developed throughout the year. You will find that you can give an intelligent and insightful explanation of art that seems a total mystery to other people.
Art-iculate Second Edition by Lou Chamberlain and Deryck Greenwood. Cambridge University Press.
An A3 Visual Diary is recommended for your developmental work. Start with the materials you are comfortable with such as coloured pencils or paints. You can include something new and different later on. You do not need to present your work in plastic folders, as it is preferred that your work appears as a diary – mistakes and all. An additional exercise book or small sketch book can be added so you can jot down ideas when you are out and about.
Things to think about
Many students complain (at first) that they have to “talk” about their work, they just want to “do” it. However, by the end of the year, you find that your ideas have become much stronger and clearer to you.
The study of artists and artworks is far from dry and boring. All of history is communicated through the artists of their times and there is so much to discover. A willingness to research and read widely is a great asset.
Things you can do now
Look at artworks on the internet or in books. Find out which art galleries are near to home and start to visit them. There is free admission into the National Gallery in the city and the Ian Potter Museum at Federation Square. Find the artworks that you like and jot down the names of the artists and their works. Try to put into words what you like about the artworks and how you would like to use them as inspiration for your own art-making.
Practise your skills in the area that interests you, whether it is drawing, painting or sculpting, etc.
Look for some short courses for learning new techniques. YouTube is full of short videos that will teach you all sorts of techniques for making art. One example is how to draw a realistic face:
Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.