From Pre- historic times, Visual Art has been a fundamental form of language to educate and communicate now deeply imprinted in human nature. Without it our ancestors would have been unable to share and interpret stories of past journeys and new discoveries, cultures unable to bridge gaps to bring together societies, countries and continents.
Visual Art is all around us;
Today the digital world relies on visually literate employees to develop dynamic designs for webpages, digital games and animation.
Visual artists continue to create art using traditional studio disciplines such as: Drawing, Sculpture, Ceramics, Printmaking, Painting, Textiles, Installation, Graphic Design, Animation and Craft.
Visual Art education prepares students with life skills to: OBSERVE, ENVISION, EXPRESS, REFLECT, ENGAGE and PERSIST, STRETCH, EXPLORE, and PROBLEM SOLVE by developing art to UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AROUND US. Students often subconsciously apply their practical and theoretical understanding of visual art across all learning areas.
Albany Senior High School provides students with the fundamental skills required to design, create and interpret works of art.
Visual Arts courses are run as semester units. Students will learn how to generate ideas in an Inquiry process and convert them into resolved artworks referencing a variety of styles, media, techniques and processes. Exploring studio disciplines such as painting, printmaking, textiles, ceramics, sculpture and mixed media – students will create original artworks inspired by historical and contemporary artists. All students have the opportunity to exhibit their work in an annual school exhibition as well as participate in community events and competitions.
Year 8 students begin with a general introductory course immersed with the opportunity to explore a number of studio disciplines. Investigating the artwork of both historical and contemporary artists practice as sources of inspiration and analysis is an important process in appreciating the societal, cultural, and historical context in which the artwork was created.
Years 9 and 10 students select optional courses which offer exploration in specific disciplines and skill building techniques such as drawing, visual art, sculpture and ceramics. In Year 10 students are prepared for the option of selecting a General or ATAR Visual Art courses by developing sophisticated skills in all aspects of each optional course on offer.
Students with strong practical and written skills are encouraged to pursue both General and ATAR Visual Arts pathways offered in senior school. Please refer to both Lower School and Senior School handbooks for more information regarding course content.