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Visual Arts

Visual Arts 

Visual Arts fosters interest and enjoyment in the making and studying of art. Visual Arts builds understanding of the role of art, in all forms of media, in contemporary and historical cultures and visual worlds. In contemporary societies many kinds of knowledge are increasingly managed through imagery and visual codes and much of students' knowledge is acquired in this way. Visual Arts empowers students to engage in visual forms of communication.


Visual Arts places great value on the development of students' intellectual and practical autonomy, reflective action, critical judgement and understanding of art in artmaking and in critical and historical studies of art. Visual Arts plays an important role in the social, cultural and spiritual lives of students. It offers a wide range of opportunities for students to develop their own interests, to be self-motivated and active learners who can take responsibility for and continue their own learning in school and post-school settings.


Forms of Artmaking in Year 9-10 Visual Arts:

2D forms

3D forms

Drawing and the following:

  • painting including acrylic, oil, watercolour, and the use of mediums and gels.
  • printmaking including lino block printing, silk screen printing, Collagraphs, etching
  • Photography and digital media including wet photography and digital media.


  • ceramics including hand built and thrown forms
  • sculpture including relief, in the round and conceptual works
  • installations
  • textiles
  • Designed images, wearables and objects of body adornment.



Unit Value:    2 Units

Coordinator: Amanda-Lee Boatswain

HSC Exam:    1.5 hours



The course is varied and interesting and caters for individual needs.  The study of Visual Arts helps you to understand and appreciate the world you see and live in:

  • To express yourself creatively
  • To find value in recreation time


The course offers four sections of study.  2 Unit students must present an artwork that addresses one of the set four areas and sit for a written exam.     


Fields of study include painting, sculpture, drawing, mixed media and photography from European, Modern, non-European civilizations and Australian art.


Possible choices for Major Works:

  • Painting, drawing and design
  • Photography
  • Sculpture - eg. Clay, wire, plaster, wood
  • Functional design
  • Pottery (clay)
  • Graphics (printmaking, posters, illustration)
  • Silk-screen printing
  • Art wearables and jewellery