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Visual Arts Year 9 and 10 (Elective)

This elective subject, studied in Year 9 and 10, can be continued in Years 11 and 12 as a 2 Unit subject.

Visual Arts encourages students to express themselves as unique personalities. This helps students to develop a positive self – concept and to participate more fully in the cultural life of the community.

Students will discover that their own personal environment is an infinite source of visual images and can be used for developing ideas for making artworks. They will also become aware that images and artworks have a powerful influence on people’s lives.

In Visual Arts students use process and learning experiences which stimulate observation, imagination and expression and develop fluency in expressing themselves using a wide range of materials and technologies.

Australian Art and the art of other cultures, past and present is studied and related to the student’s own creative artmaking. The students will learn to express themselves orally and in written form: verbal presentations, essays, creative writing and case studies.

In Year 9 and 10 students will be required to develop their art making and studying by keeping a Visual Art Diary (VAD) which will record their ideas, imaginings experimentations and investigations.

Students will work in many 2D and 3D expressive forms such as:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • Print Making
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Graphics
  • Photography
  • Digital Imagery and 3D printing


As a part of their studies, the students will visit galleries and exhibitions related to their work.


  • Art Making/Artworks
  • Visual Diary
  • Homework and Assignments
  • Examinations

The possibilities for a career in this area are excellent and varied, eg advertising and graphic design, computer graphics, industrial design, animation, and television. If students are enthusiastic and willing to work hard, if they show an interest in choosing this subject, parents are asked to encourage them as this exciting, meaningful and innovate course should become an integral part of a student’s all-round education.