To prepare a thorough exploration proposal, students must be aware of three key areas and three supporting practices.
Authentic personal style and expression through art requires a skilled and considered balance of;
- aesthetic appreciation,
- materials, techniques and processes and
- conceptual resolution.
Aesthetic Appreciation specifically refers to the potential uses of the Elements and Principles of Art. It also requires a broad understanding of Styles of Representation as seen explored by previous artists and art movements. Art Appreciation is the knowledge and understanding of the universal and timeless qualities that identify all great art. The more you appreciate and understand the art of different eras, movements, styles and techniques, the better you can develop, evaluate and improve your own artwork.
Materials, Techniques and Processes refer specifically to the art form/s students can explore and select from to produce their finished works. At this stage of senior education, student’s prior experience should play a significant factor in appreciating their strengths and weaknesses, preferences or alternatively new areas they feel determined to explore. All this should be done with an understanding of the expectation to be able to demonstrate a very high level of skill in the final piece.
Conceptual Resolution refers to the message the student wants to express or convey through their artworks. Students should also give consideration to how an audience may interpret their art.
Through extensive Research and Development, Experimentation and Planning and Annotation students these key ideas to develop their Personal Style and Expression.