What are we studying this year in Visual Arts?    

Art is an instrument that enhances the aesthetic quality of an individual’s surroundings. Through Art making we can express ourselves in a self-conscious way with creativity and innovative thinking. Therefore it is important to develop a strong artistic sense by studying theories and skills so that we can communicate with each other in a coherent manner.

In our Visual Arts classes this year, we will be working on improving our understanding in of the Arts. We will explore how Art serves as a form of creative self-expression. Emphasis will be placed on representing self and what messages we give to our audience. This will enable us to produce creative yet insightful artworks through training in aesthetic and creative thinking. We will explore the mediums of  pencil drawing, charcoal sketching and painting. We will understand the concepts and learn the skills and techniques through practice and the analysis of other artists. Besides this, we will also learn the vocabulary of Fine Art. We will learn the creative use of design elements such as line, shape and colour. These help us to speak to our audience and appreciate other pieces of art.

We will explore the following important disciplines in order to support the students artistic development:

–       Art History (by acquiring knowledge about the contributions artists and art make to culture and society)

–       Art Appreciation (by understanding how people justify judgement about art objectives)

–       Art Production (by making art)

–       Art Criticism (by responding to and making judgements about the properties and qualities that exist in existing works)


How will we know that we have learnt?  How can we improve our work ?

We need to reflect on what we need to practice so that we can judge when we are ready to move on to the next chapter of our learning. The purpose of assessment is to inform the student and the teacher of where the students learning is and how we can move forward from this point.. These tasks may be individual assignments, group projects, drawing and written pieces of work in the developmental workbook, verbal presentations, Art critique in the format of an essay and personal engagement in class discussions etc. Personal engagement in any forms of art and design competitions and voluntary duties during or after class is highly encouraged and will show self-motivation, initiative and a willingness to take artistic risks.

Our work will be assessed (= marked/ graded / judged), not compared to other people’s work in the class but by using descriptions of what a good piece of work should have in it. This means judging the work using a list of descriptors within the specific criterion. The criteria have a scale which tells us how well we have been able to complete a task and helps the teacher to decide which grade to give for the task or for a unit of work in this subject. This checklist of criterion with a scale is called a Rubric or a Grid. 

There are FOUR criteria in Visual Arts. The highest level on the scale is 10 for criterion B, while the others are 8, respectively. When the teacher is assessing work and when the student is completing their work, they should  make sure that they fulfil the criteria listed below:

Criterion A    Knowledge & Understandingl   Knowing and understanding the theoretical basis of the art form(s) studiedl   Developing an understanding of themes and issues studied through the arts

l   Using subject-specific terminology to show aesthetic and critical awareness when discussing their work or the work of others

l   Understanding how historical developments and cultural perspectives have shaped the arts

Criterion B    Applicationl   Planning and organizing the work effectivelyl   Experimenting through developing and elaborating ideas and themes to a point of realization

l   Choosing appropriate forms for the expression of ideas, thoughts and feelings in a creative manner

l   Demonstrating a range of techniques and skills in that topic

l   Finding original and inventive solutions


Criterion C    Reflection and Evaluationl   Using developmental workbook and reflecting our feeling and thoughts towards our finished artworksl   Evaluating what is good and what needs to be improved about our artworks

l   Using feedback and discussion on artwork to support creative development


Criterion D    Personal Engagementl   Inviting and accepting views from othersl   Showing self-motivation, initiative and a willingness to take risks in the creative process

l   Supporting and encouraging peers towards a positive working environment



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