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Art 1 & 2

Introduction

VCE Art encourages artistic development through personal and independent exploration. There is an emphasis on innovative thinking and investigation in the progressive resolution of the student’s visual thinking. The study encourages students to explore ideas and to demonstrate effective working methods and a range of technical skills through a process of investigation and experimentation

VCE Art aims to develop in students the ability to respond to art in an informed and articulate manner.

Unit 1 introduces the Analytical Frameworks in interpreting the meaning and messages of artworks. In Practical work, students develop skills and explore areas of personal interest.

Unit 2 focuses on the ways in which art reflects and communicates the values, beliefs and traditions of societies. In the practical area of study students explore areas of personal interest and experiment with visual language to present their ideas.

Unit 3 has students respond critically as they interpret the meanings and messages of artworks. They develop opinions and use evidence to support different points of view. In practical art, students develop their own art responses inspired by ideas, concepts and observations. They produce at least one finished artwork.

Unit 4 requires students to discuss and debate art. Students continue to develop the body of work begun in Unit 3 and work toward resolving ideas and concepts leading to at least one finished artwork other than the work that was completed for Unit 3.

UNIT 1

Areas of Study

  1. Art and meaningStudents learn that analysis of an artwork’s formal qualities using the Formal Framework can enhance their understanding and interpretation of artworks. They gain an understanding that art may reflect the artist’s interests, experiences and thinking through applying the Personal Framework.
  2. Art-making and personal meaning. Students apply skills of observation and imagination to the development of a folio of visual responses to a selection of set tasks. They use the Formal Framework and the Personal Framework to analyse the formal qualities in their artworks.

Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Analyse and interpret a variety of artworks using the Formal Framework and the Personal Framework.
  2. Present visual creative responses that demonstrate their personal interests and ideas through trialling techniques, materials and processes.

Assessment

Satisfactory completion is based on the student’s demonstrated achievement of the set outcomes for the unit and the student’s overall performance on assessment tasks.

UNIT 2

Areas of Study

  1. Art and culture. This area of study focuses on the ways in which art reflects and communicates the values, beliefs and traditions of the societies for and in which it is created. Students explore and investigate the ways in which the world and the artist have changed over time and the factors that influence these changes. They apply the Formal and Cultural Frameworks in their analysis and interpretation.
  2. Art-making and cultural expression. This area of study focuses on artists and their distinctive creative approaches and individuality. Students begin to develop an understanding of ways in which artists develop personal styles and approaches to artistic expression.

Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate technical skill and artistic development in an area or areas of personal interest through an exploration of selected media, materials, techniques and working methods.
  2. Interpret and discuss artistic identity with reference to selected artworks.

Assessment

Satisfactory completion is based on the student’s demonstrated achievement of the set outcomes for the unit and the student’s