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Visual Arts / Year 7 and 8 / Developing practices and skills

Curriculum content descriptions

experiment with visual conventions, visual arts processes and materials to develop skills (AC9AVA8D01)

  • selecting and appropriately acknowledging the use of found images when making and responding to artworks; for example, when choosing source material for collage or deliberate appropriation, such as images that represent identity and personality in a self-portrait
  • investigating the choices that other artists have made when structuring their representation of ideas to assist in structuring their own ideas; for example, using sketches, studies, maquettes, annotated digital images or journal entries of other artists
  • developing an understanding of how and why artists choose to use encryption in their artworks; for example, in analog artworks using lemon juice, symbolism or ciphers, layering of content, symbols and visual elements, and/or in digital images through the use of hex encryption software for the purposes of copyrighting works, and including information in works
  • evaluating feedback from teachers and peers; for example, feedback offered in discussions and reviews of their artworks and planning in progress; then documenting their subsequent decisions and responses in written, oral or multimedia, physical or digital journals or diaries using visual arts terminology
  • developing an awareness of cultural and artistic conventions for representing subjects through a contextual study of artists and their artworks, taking care to observe protocols for using First Nations Australian cultural property in the arts
  • reflecting on learning and evaluating/resolving choices to represent their ideas as the ideas for the artwork progresses, using informal discussions, process annotations, reviews or written/oral/multimedia evaluations in physical or digital journals or visual diaries
  • exploring the ways that a range of artists use materials, visual conventions and visual art processes to communicate their concepts; for example, investigating how artists use choices of materials and visual arts processes when working on a similar concept and how this impacts the viewer response, or experimenting with these approaches to consider how they might approach the same concept
  • observing the different ways that artists respond to sensory stimuli, such as emotions, feelings or material properties, to generate ideas and directions for their own works; for example, being guided by the tactile qualities of a material as inspiration for practical exploration
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Personal and social capability Personal and Social capability
ScOT terms

Artistic purpose,  Composition (Visual arts),  Art materials


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