Visual Arts

Learning Area: The Arts

Subject Description

The course covers appropriate elements of the main strands of the visual arts in terms of drawing, painting, mixed media and history.

This unit aims to further extend acquired skills and encourage the creative development of new ideas and to further develop skills and confidence in the use of materials and equipment.

Visual Communication and Art are combined in Year 8 to experience both areas of the Visual Arts. In Year 9 students can choose to continue with either or both as elective choices.

Students will explore and develop skills in ICT in the visual arts.

Students work on a range of project topics using a variety of media and materials. They include portrait, landscape, cityscape and still-life topics. Some work demands a highly imaginative approach, whereas an exacting technical content was a major component in other activities, namely “The Cityscape”. The media used in the folio includes pen and ink, fineliner, collage, graphite and coloured pencil. The Printing activity is done using hand-cut lino and a minimum, two colour printing.

Areas of Study

  • Lettering and Drawing 
  • Colour mixing
  • The techniques of painting
  • Use of ICT in the Visual Arts?

VELS Dimensions

Creating and Making
Exploring and Responding


Pictorial Drawing
Mixed Media