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					The Arts                                                 into account the relationship between artist and
In The Arts learning area students develop               viewer.
creative skills, critical appreciation and
knowledge of artistic techniques and                     Through exhibition and display, they present and
technologies in dance, drama, media,
music, visual arts and combinations of arts              describe their arts works to others.
forms. The Arts develop students’ sense of
personal and cultural identity and equips                In their reflections, students describe, analyse,
them for lifelong involvement in, and the                interpret and evaluate their own arts works and
appreciation of the arts.
                                                         those of others.


The scope of the arts forms describes the                Students use elements of the visual arts: line, colour,
essential activities, elements, skills,                  texture, shape, space, light, form, and value; and
processes and contexts of dance, drama,                  design principles which include: balance, unity,
media, music and visual arts that are
                                                         contrast, pattern, emphasis, time, proportion, scale,
considered necessary to demonstrate
achievement of the outcomes of The Arts                  movement and rhythm.
Learning Area Statement. It also describes
the scope of combinations of arts forms.
This essential content will be covered in
different ways from kindergarten to year 12.
                                                                            Skills & Processes
During schooling, students’ learning will
depend on their physical and emotional                   In working with these elements and principles,
maturity, their experiences and abilities. As            students use skills in painting, print-making,
learning is cumulative, students should                  sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, graphics and textiles,
have opportunities to learn through an arts
curriculum that is forward looking so that               and apply traditional and new technologies such as
earlier learning experiences provide a                   computer imaging programs. They use these skills
foundation for later learning.                           separately and in combination when designing and
                                                         creating visual arts works. They respond to, discover
                                                         meanings, recognise symbols and evaluate visual
                 Visual Arts                             arts works.
   Visual and tactile experiences in two and three
                   dimensional forms                     Students experience a wide range of visual arts
                                                         forms from a variety of cultures and historical
                     Key Activities                      periods, including Australian visual arts and the
Students achieve outcomes through the interrelated       visual arts of other students. This experience is
key activities of visual inquiry, studio practice,       reflected in their studio practice.
exhibition and reflection.
Through the process of visual inquiry, students             Visual and tactile experiences in two and three
develop an understanding of the elements of the                             dimensional forms
visual arts language. This is applied in the creation
of arts works that explore ideas and feelings.                                Key Activities
                                                         Students can achieve outcomes in combinations of
In studio practice, students use skills, processes and   some or all of the arts forms of dance, drama,
techniques to create arts works using their              media, music and visual arts through key activities of
understanding of visual language. They also take         creating, making, presenting and reflecting.
                                                        Understanding to respond to reflect on and
They use the elements of the arts forms of dance,       evaluate the arts
drama, media, music and visual arts, as well as
those of emerging technologies (such as multi-
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media) and new arts practices, such as incorporating
media images in dance or location-specific              Students understand the role of the arts in
installations.                                          society

They use the skills and processes of the arts forms
being combined and learn to integrate and balance
arts forms. They respond to and evaluate these

Students experience a range of arts works that use
combinations of arts forms from a variety of cultures
and historical periods, including those produced by
Australian artists and other students. These contexts
are reflected in their own creative work.

The Arts Strands

Arts Ideas
Students generate arts works that
communicate ideas

Arts Skills and Processes
Students use the skills, techniques,
processes, conventions and technologies of
the arts

Arts Response
Students use their aesthetic
Year 8 Overview                               Drawing
Everal Miocevich                              Arts Ideas

Discovering                                   Investigations in Design and Nature

Art                                           Arts Skills and Techniques
                                              * Explore an array of drawing media
The Natural
                                              Positive and Negative Space
The Natural World                             Perspective
theme linked with
                                              Emotive Drawing
the Arts strives to
encourage imagination, creativity, and
habitat awareness through the integration
of the arts and the environment with          Arts Responses
direct experiences in nature.                 Design Elements – Line, Tone, Space
Students will look at ideas and issues such
as What is a habitat? How do diverse          Renaissance Drawing
animals adapt to their homes? What do
these wondrous habitats and animals look      Contemporary Drawing – Western
like? How can we protect the earth’s          Australian Artists
habitats? What bug is that? Where did that
tree go? How do flower grow?                  Expressionism

Inspiration will come from the natural
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environment with students looking at
sources such as the sea, space, earth,        Artists in Society
astronomy, plant life and the animal
                                              What is art?
kingdom. Through the arts a relationships
to the diverse topics in this theme will
develop and students will produce works
that are reflective, expressive and show
understanding of our relationship with the
natural world.
Painting                                 Ceramics
Arts Ideas                               Arts Ideas
Fruit and Vegetable Still life           Texture Platters
Complementary Colour                     Arts Skills and Techniques
Focus on negative space                  Slab Rolling, Oxide Glazes and Joining
Arts Skills and Techniques               Arts Responses
Palette knife painting on board          Looking at Form – Analysis Techniques
Arts Responses
Cézanne – Reflection in techniques and   Arts in Society
subject matter                           Contemporary Australian Ceramic Artists
Arts in Society                          * community mask project – extension
Post Impressionism
                                         General Portfolios

Printmaking                                                   All students will
                                                              produce a portfolio of
Come and See My Etching
Arts Ideas
                                                              This will include
Flowering Plant – Pastel
                                                              developmental work
                                                              and studio pieces with
Arts Skills and Techniques
                                                              final responses.
Etching Printing – Monoprints
Card Prints using sections from Pastel
                                         Portfolios will include – level assessments
                                         and give students an indication of progress
Arts Responses
                                                in accordance with stages their
Image Analysis
                                                stage of development.
First Impressions
                                                Students will be selected to be part
                                                of the mid year exhibition or end of
                                                year exhibitions.
Judgement - Feldman
Arts in Society
Australian Printmakers

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