Year 11 Art: Creative Practice Units 1 and 2
In Unit 1 and 2 Art Creative Practice, students use research and investigation to inform their art making. By studying artworks, the practices of artists and their role in society, students will develop their individual art practice, and communicate ideas and meaning using a range of materials, techniques and processes.
Through the process of Making and Responding, students will develop their skills in critical and creative thinking, innovation, problem-solving and risk-taking. By studying the artworks, artist practices and practical art making, students will understand the relationship between research, art practice and the analysis and interpretation of art works.
Who is it for?
If you enjoy experimenting and being creative with ideas, materials, and techniques, then this subject is for you.
You will also enjoy this subject if you like learning and writing about artists and their artwork, collaboration, problem-solving, and using your creative and critical thinking skills.
What do you do?
- Investigating a range of artistic influences
- Exploring a range of materials, techniques, and processes
- Visual and written documentation in a visual diary
- Reflection, evaluation, and critique of their own and others’ creative practices
- Collaborating with other students or the audience in the production of work
- Analysing artworks using the analytical lenses.
What skills do you need?
- To be able to work independently, be organised, and have good time management skills
- Document a body of work with visual and written evidence in a visual diary
- The ability to explore a range of art ideas, art forms and materials, and techniques.
- Be open-minded when investigating new artworks and artists through research and analysis
What skills do you develop?
- Critical and creative thinking skills
- Documentation, organisation, planning, and communication skills
- Analytical, reflective an evaluation skills and strategies
- Access to the internet and a laptop or computer
- Adobe acrobat to access and submit PDF files
- A range of Art materials and equipment (depending on the chosen artforms)
- An A3 folio and basic stationary items or a storage device and appropriate file organisation for digital folios.
- A camera or phone for taking photos to document and submit work
Things to think about
This subject has an equal share of theoretical and practical components. As well as having the skills to make your own artwork, you should have the writing skills to respond to artworks using art vocabulary.
Planning and time management skills are especially important in managing the workload.
All work needs to be submitted online so you will need to provide evidence of the art process, use a visual diary to document your ideas, experiment with a range of materials and techniques, and finished work.
Things you can do now
Think about the type of art you like to make and the different styles of art that appeal to you. Look at your current strengths using a particular artform and start to develop some ideas for making an artwork.
Go to art galleries and look at exhibitions of current artists and start collecting ideas about subject matter, themes, artists, styles, materials and techniques that you might like to use in your own artwork.
Go to the VCAA website for more information about VCE Art.
Things to have a look at
Top Arts Hub
Examples of student work from Top Arts NGV
The Tate’s resource on various artforms and techiniques
Some great resources from Monash University