Senior School The Arts

‘The Arts are fundamental resources through which the world is viewed, meaning is created and the mind is developed,’   Elliot W. Eisner, Professor of Education and Art, Stanford University, 1997.

Visual Art is a powerful and pervasive means of communication which students use to make images and objects, developing aesthetic meaning and understanding from informed perspectives. In a world of increasing communication technologies, knowledge and understanding of how meanings are constructed and ‘read’ is fundamental. Visual Art uses an inquiry learning model, enabling multimodal thinking and individual responses through researching, developing, resolving and reflecting.

Academic studies in Visual Art are undertaken from P – 12, with it being offered as an elected subject in Years 9 – 12. In Years 11 and 12, Visual Art is an Authority subject, based on the approved Queensland Curriculum Assessment Authority (QCAA) syllabus. Results in Visual Art contribute to the calculation of a student’s OP and FP.

Students participate in a wide range of learning experiences that challenge their ability to think, create, respond and reflect on artworks.

In MAKING artworks, students define and solve visual problems by using visual language and expression, experimenting and applying media to communicate thoughts, feelings, ideas, experiences and observations.

In RESPONDING artworks, students investigate artistic expression and critically analyse artworks within diverse contexts.

An Art education is a cultural priority in the 21st century as it addresses the need to appreciate and understand the visual elements of contemporary society that is heavily dependent upon visual literacy.

Year 10 Visual Art

Learning and engaging in the Visual Arts involves students in aesthetic and sensory learning, enabling them to interact with their world, and perceive, learn and respond to the environment and human creation in the Arts. The Year 10 Visual Art course gives students many opportunities to explore, formulate ideas, express aesthetic understanding and solve problems using visual language and expression by researching, developing, resolving and reflecting. They will make and display images and objects to communicate intentions and demonstrate techniques, processes, skills and understanding of materials and technologies. Students will appraise, analyse, interpret, evaluate and reflect on images and objects by artists, designers and craftspeople within a variety of contexts. The study of art history focuses on 20th century Modern Art movements, complemented by the study of relevant Contemporary Australian artists. Units include Mixed Media Abstraction, Collage Self-portraiture, Relief Printmaking, Sculpture, Painting and Drawing.

Year 11 Visual Art

‘The Arts are fundamental resources through which the world is viewed, meaning is created and the mind is developed,’ Elliot W. Eisner, Professor of Education and Art, Stanford University, 1997.

Visual Art is a powerful and pervasive means of communication which students use to make images and objects, developing aesthetic meaning and understanding from informed perspectives. In a world of increasing communication technologies, knowledge and understanding of how meanings are constructed and ‘read’ is fundamental.

Visual Art uses an inquiry learning model, enabling multimodal thinking and individual responses through researching, developing, resolving and reflecting. Units include Intrinsic / Extrinsic Surface and Mark-making / Layers and Meaning, Society Body of Work and an Identity Body of Work.

Year 12 Visual Art

‘The Arts are fundamental resources through which the world is viewed, meaning is created and the mind is developed,’ Elliot W. Eisner, Professor of Education and Art, Stanford University, 1997.

Visual Art is a powerful and pervasive means of communication which students use to make images and objects, developing aesthetic meaning and understanding from informed perspectives. In a world of increasing communication technologies, knowledge and understanding of how meanings are constructed and ‘read’ is fundamental.

Visual Art uses an inquiry learning model, enabling multimodal thinking and individual responses through researching, developing, resolving and reflecting.

Body of Work 1: Collection
In making artworks, students define and solve visual problems by using visual language and expression, experimenting and applying media to communicate thoughts, feelings, ideas, experiences and observations. Students will be required to develop their own focus in response to the concept ‘Collection’ and explore such contexts as Historical, Social, Cultural, Intellectual or Philosophical perspectives. In addition, they will make selective choices with regard to 2D, 3D or Time Based Media. In appraising artworks, students investigate artistic expression and critically analyse artworks within diverse contexts, in relation to their own Body of Work.

Body of Work 2: Introspection / Reflection
In making artworks, students define and solve visual problems by using visual language and expression, experimenting and applying media to communicate thoughts, feelings, ideas, experiences and observations. In appraising artworks, students investigate artistic expression and critically analyse artworks within diverse contexts.

Personal Extension
Minor Folio - Using ONE of the Year 12 Making Bodies of Work as inspiration, stimulus or point of departure, students must create an exciting minor extension piece. The work should reflect the developmental process, demonstrating conceptual ideas and inspired links recorded in the Visual Process Diary. The final extension work must show resolution, a developed personal aesthetic and connection to one of the Year 12 folios.

Co-Curricular Visual Art

In addition, a range of co-curricular opportunities are offered to facilitate student development creatively, socially and personally. Students may participate in one of two Visual Art groups, Eikon (Senior School) and Nokie (Middle School), as well as opportunities to contribute to Co-production Musical set-designa nd creating works for the beautification of the College environment. In addition, there are a range of exciting Visual Arts elective options offered during the annual Get smART Arts Festival.

Students also participate in such community competitions and events such as the University of Southern Queensland’s ‘Future Visions’ Art Awards, the Toowoomba Art Society’s ‘Chronicle Junior Art Expo’ competition and the First Coat Street Art Festival volunteer program, as well as exhibit works at the Kaleidoscope Concert Series events such as the ‘Limelight Concert’, ‘A Box of Chocolates’, ‘Crème de la Crème’ and the ‘Curtain Call Arts Presentation Evening’. The inaugural ‘Facets of Fairholme’ Art Exhibition will be held on the 13 - 15 October this year.

Visual Arts at Fairholme Senior School
Visual Arts at Fairholme Senior School
Visual Arts at Fairholme Senior School
Visual Arts at Fairholme Senior School
Visual Arts at Fairholme Senior School
Visual Arts at Fairholme Senior School
Visual Arts at Fairholme Senior School
Visual Arts at Fairholme Senior School
Visual Arts at Fairholme Senior School