Visual Arts

The Visual Arts course promotes a positive learning environment that encourages and nurtures creativity, critical thinking skills and artistic expression. Visual Arts develops positive self-concept by encouraging individuality while allowing students to master a wide range of skills, processes and techniques, to respond creatively to a series of problems and producing resolved artworks. The study of historical and contemporary artworks enables students to become more deeply informed about different cultures, individual artists and art movements.

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Quotes from students:

“I love Art because it really helps me express myself. I have always been interested in art, with loads of drawing and sketches around my house, but now I am able to extend on my skills in a class with really helpful and supportive teachers”  

“It’s been great doing Art. We have created art that I never would have thought we would, really adding to the normal drawing and painting. The skateboards have been a favourite, but the construction of clay heads was up there too! The theory work really helps to add to my understanding of why artists work the way they do and what it all means. It’s just an awesome creative outlet!”


More about this subject from the Elective Handbook


Students explore the fun and exciting world of Visual Arts through the creation of their own artworks in a broad range of art media including: drawing, digital photography, digital imaging, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, film, mixed media, installation art and illustration.

The course is designed thematically integrating art making and art studying to inform students of contemporary and historical Australian and International art worlds.


Assessment Tasks

The course structure is made up of 60% practical and 40% historical and critical study. Practical assessment tasks require the development of a body of work and submission of the student’s Visual Arts Process Diary. Theory assessment tasks are in a range of written forms to develop writing skills and knowledge of critical and historical aspects of Visual Arts.

Satisfactory completion of 200 hours of elective study in Visual Arts during Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) will be recorded with a grade on the student’s Record of Achievement.


Additional Information

Excursions and workshops are integral to learning in the Visual Arts to supplement the topics studied in class. Excursion destinations are determined each year by the specific exhibition content of travelling exhibitions and their appropriateness to course work. The following exhibitions and venues are frequently attended by Visua l Arts students: Newcastle Regional Art Gallery; NSW Art Gallery in Sydney; the Art Express Exhibition; Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney. Local artists and photographers are employed to run workshops for students to further develop skills and to raise awareness of the broad range of vocational opportunities. The cost of these excursions and workshops is covered by the school resource fee.

Visual Arts students are eligible to attend the CAPA Immersion Tour in Sydney each year at an approximate cost of $440 (inclusive of accommodation, all workshops, theatre tickets, all main meals and transport). This excursion is not compulsory.