Unit 1

Artistic Inspiration and Techniques

This unit focuses on using sources of inspiration and individual ideas as the basis for developing artworks and exploring a wide range of materials and techniques as tools for communicating ideas, observations and experiences through art making. Students also explore and research the ways in which artists from different times and cultures have interpreted and expressed ideas, sourced inspiration and used materials and techniques in the production of artworks.

Area of study 1

Developing Art Ideas

This area of study focuses on the development of individual ideas and the identification of sources of inspiration to be used as starting points for making art. Students explore art making practices that use a variety of methods to communicate and develop ideas.

Students explore different sources as starting points for the making of artworks. These may include reflections on personal experiences, ideas and issues as well as the observations of people, societies, natural and constructed objects and environments. Various methods of recording sources of inspiration are identified and developed into a visual language through a variety of ways; for example, from observation students produce realistic renderings through hand-drawn or photographic methods and contrast them with expressive or abstracted interpretations. Students consolidate their experience through a process of progressive reflection on the development of their individual ideas and the artwork they produce.

Outcome 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to source inspiration, identify individual ideas and use a variety of methods to translate these into visual language.

To achieve this outcome the student will draw on key knowledge and key skills outlined in Area of Study 1.

Key knowledge

This knowledge includes

• diverse sources of inspiration used to generate ideas;

• a range of methods for communicating ideas, observations and experiences through artworks;

• methods of selecting, organising and using visual reference material;

• types of visual and written methods used for recording the reflection of ideas and work produced.

Key skills

These skills include the ability to

• generate ideas and identify sources of inspiration;

• use a variety of methods to translate ideas, observations and experiences through a visual language or art form; for example, representational and descriptive, interpretative, expressive, responsive and analytical;

• select, create, organise and use visual reference material to support artmaking;

• reflect on ideas and work produced through oral and written forms.

AREA OF STUDY 2

Materials and Techniques

This area of study focuses on the use of materials and techniques in the production of artworks. Students explore a range of materials and techniques. They develop skills and learn to safely manipulate particular characteristics and properties of materials. They investigate the way various visual effects and aesthetic qualities can be achieved. Students convey individual ideas through the use of different materials and techniques. To consolidate the knowledge gained, students undertake a process of reflection and evaluation in written and visual forms of the work produced.

Outcome 2

On completion of this unit the student should be able to explore and use a variety of materials and techniques to support and record the development of individual ideas to produce artworks. To achieve this outcome the student will draw on key knowledge and key skills outlined in Area of Study 2.

Key knowledge

This knowledge includes

• characteristics and properties of a variety of materials and techniques;

• materials and techniques used to produce a range of visual effects;

• sources of inspiration to explore individual ideas;

• materials and techniques used to convey individual ideas;

• methods for recording and evaluating the process of making artworks.

Key skills

These skills include the ability to

• investigate and explore materials and techniques appropriate to artmaking and particular art forms;

• research the characteristics and properties of particular materials and techniques;

• use materials and techniques to produce a range of visual effects;

• explore the expressive qualities of materials and techniques to convey individual ideas;

• evaluate and record the exploration and use of materials and techniques.

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