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Year 7 and 8 Visual Arts (Stage 4)

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Year 7 Visual Arts

Visual Arts in year 7 and 8 is mandatory for all students.

As an introduction to art and artmaking, students begin an exploration of the elements (and principles) of design, how artists have used them in their artmaking and how the students can use them in theirs. Students explore a range of media areas and begin developing skills in these areas.

Scope and Sequence

Year 7 Visual Arts Scope & Sequence

Practice: Artmaking, Critical and Historical StudiesElements of Design - Line

Elements of Design - Line and ShapeElements of Design -ColourElements of Design -Tone and Texture
Forms2D – drawing (pencil, charcoal), painting (acrylic, watercolour), printmaking (lino)2D – drawing (lead and coloured pencil), painting (acrylic), collage, photography (photogram),
3D – hand formed claywork.
2D – painting (acrylic), drawing (pencil)2D – painting (acrylic), drawing (pencil), printmaking (collograph)
Key artists / examplesBrett Whiteley, Albrecht Durer, Henri Matisse, Vincent van Gogh, George Garrawun, William Hogarth.Henri Matisse, Robert Klippel, Henry Moore, Thancoupie.Vincent van Gogh, Maurice de Vlaminck, Grace Cossington Smith, Pablo Picasso, Edvard Munch.John Brack, Rosalie Gascoigne



Year 8 Visual Arts allows for students to expand upon the knowledge they gained in year 7 and to further build upon their experiences.

Depending on the unit of work which students are doing, they could experience any of the following media areas: printmaking, painting, drawing, sculpture, animation, ceramics, etc.

Scope and Sequence


ArtmakingDesign a Dog or Cat
Large ceramic sculptures
Portraiture Printmaking
Lino printing
Collage work

Art History and CriticismWriting and talking about:
Franz Marc
John Kelly
Pablo Picasso
Robert Burton
Writing and talking about:
Archibald Prize
Vincent Van Gogh
Ah Xian
Frida Kahlo

Year 8