Visual Arts: Artwork in the process of completion from the 'Abstractable Me' curriculum unit.

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Visual Arts


Visual Arts in schools and beyond

In schools, students respond to a range of artworks and styles, applying and communicating reasons for preferences about their own and others' works. Secondly, they develop skills, knowledge, understandings and techniques as artists, designers, critics and audiences. Students also work with a range of materials, design elements, technologies and processes, and develop skills, knowledge and understanding about art practices. Finally, students can actively participate in the art and design world, and in the arts industries as artists and designers, audiences, historians and critics.

Visual Arts Abstractable Me curriculum

This Visual Arts-POP outlines a unit of work called Abstractable Me. The unit has been devised to demonstrate how students can engage in the interrelated processes of Students explore the elements, materials, techniques and processes to shape their artworks and communicate ideas through their artworks., Students communicate ideas through exhibition of their artworks in both informal and formal environments. and Critiquing involves observing, reflecting on, and evaluating in oral, written or visual form the student’s own visual artworks and those of others. The elements of art and principles of design and composition. visual artworks. Students are positioned as art makers in their own right and engage with abstraction to work through the three processes in relation to their own artwork and the work of others.

Students explore, create, make and present artworks and increasingly review and refine decisions in their practice. They directly engage with the Elements are the building blocks of artworks and are defined as line, shape, form, space, texture, value and colour. Artists manipulate these elements in combination with principles of design in the creation of an artwork. Not every work has all the elements contained within it. Elements can also be used in discussing and critiquing artworks. of line, shape/form, colour, space and size, as well as the Principles, namely design and composition, govern how the elements of art are arranged within an artwork, and can be described as balance, proportion, rhythm, emphasis and unity. of composition, proportion/scale, pattern, appropriation, fragmentation, multiple points of view, assemblage and repetition. This occurs in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms.

During the presenting and critiquing phases, students engage in literacy activities in both oral and written genres. The unit of work culminated in a visit to the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Brisbane. During the visit, students explored ideas covered in the unit through imaginative engagement, making and critically responding to artworks on display, and considering the artworks from various perspectives, including their historical and contemporary cultural contexts.

This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.