New Creative Arts units for 2017

Lahni Amosa and Gwen Courtney in the Year 12 studio space

Lahni Amosa and Gwen Courtney in the Year 12 studio space

By Amanda Andlee Poland, Head of Creative Arts

Three new Creative Arts units ? Media Foundation, Digital Photography and Drawing ? offered in 2017 are inclusive of the most contemporary and diverse artists, ideas and technologies.

Sarah Depta and Lara Franks, Subject Captains for Media, say that ?the Media Foundation unit is a great chance to take theory and apply it to film analysis. It's interesting to see how representation in media influences audiences.?

?Our unit is based on the question: "Do we reflect what we see in the media, or, does media reflect us."?

Mia Garland and Oliver Golding, Subject Captains for Visual Arts, asked some senior students about the new Drawing unit:

  • Laura says ?what I enjoy about the unit is that it allows us to deeply explore different techniques.
  • Nick says ?I enjoy the drawing techniques on clay?.
  • Ellis says ?I am looking forward to the overnight trip to Bundanon, the former property and home of Arthur and Yvonne Boyd, to draw and work with artists in workshops'.
  • ?The challenge,? Zoe says, ?as always, is getting our work completed on time?.
  • Oli says ?traditional media is at times a challenge but I think I?ll really value this later on?.
  • Campbell says ?I enjoy the freedom of drawing what I want to, informed by the initial teacher-directed tasks?.

The new BSSS Course Framework for the Arts subjects for Years 11 and 12 is the basis for the semester-length units now being delivered in 2017.

The Creative Arts subjects for Years 11 and 12 were written by Radford College Creative Arts staff members Tim Minehan, Jonquil Mackey and Amanda Poland. The units, Media Arts (Media Foundation), Photography (Digital Photography), and Visual Arts (Drawing) address individual rationale, goals, concepts, knowledge, skills and grade descriptors. The units emphasise that subjects are unique, with their own discrete knowledge, symbols, language, processes and skills. Much robust discussion has occurred within the department to ensure we have included the most effective reporting and assessment processes.

The units all capture the best of past teaching and learning approaches and content and include innovation, where appropriate, to ensure the units are inclusive of the most contemporary and diverse artists, ideas and technologies. The Arts units (11 and 12 A and T) cater for students new to the subject in senior years and to students who are deepening and broadening their engagement. All students will present their work as confident and capable young artists, photographers and film makers.

The structure of the units is underpinned by the understanding that learning in the Arts involves making and responding. In short, we know that students learn as artists by creating and making art works that communicate to an audience, and that students learn as audiences by responding critically to works of art.

Two assessment areas, Making and Responding, are intertwined and this is evidenced in the Visual Art Diary or Journal where much planning, creating, experimenting, documenting, reflecting and analysis is recorded. Making is obviously connected to the practical work and Responding is directly to the formal written work that analyses and interprets works by others, while considering the contexts in which the work was created.

The Drawing unit for Semester 1 includes teacher-directed drawing tasks that are 2D, 3D and 4D (time based). These tasks value and explore traditional and contemporary technologies and histories. Students also direct their own learning with a major practical work. The Visual Diary is a core part of the creative process and includes evidence of the analysis and interpretation of artworks considered. Senior Visual Art students are looking forward to sharing their work with the community in an exhibition context.

Lizard by Claire Graham and Brianna Wiseman, Photography students

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