Studio Production and Art
This unit focuses on the production of a cohesive folio of finished artworks. To support the creation of the folio, students present visual and written documentation explaining how selected potential directions generated in Unit 3 were used to produce the cohesive folio of finished artworks. These artworks should reflect the skilful application of materials and techniques, and the resolution of ideas and aesthetic qualities.
This unit also investigates aspects of artists’ involvement in the art industry, focusing on a variety of exhibition spaces and the methods and considerations involved in the preparation, presentation and conservation of artworks. Students examine a range of environments for the presentation of artworks exhibited in contemporary settings. Students are expected to visit at least two different exhibitionspaces in their current year of study.
Area of Study 1
Folio of Artworks
This area of study focuses on the production of a cohesive folio of finished artworks developed from the selected potential directions that have been identified in the individual design process in Unit 3. The production of artworks is supported by the focus, reflection and evaluation process described in Area of Study 2. In this area of study a cohesive folio demonstrates identified relationships between the artworks that are interpreted through aesthetics, themes, concepts and/or materials and techniques.
The final artworks are created in selected art form/s, presented in a manner appropriate to those art form/s, and reflect an understanding of the art form/s and related materials and techniques. Materials and techniques are skilfully applied, and ideas, techniques and aesthetic qualities are resolved. The student’s aims are realised and ideas communicated in the final artworks. The folio will consist of no fewer than two finished artworks. However, the number of artworks will be determined by the nature, the scale and complexity of the work undertaken. The completed folio will demonstrate a cohesive relationship between the final artworks.
On completion of this unit the student should present a cohesive folio of finished artworks, based on selected potential directions developed through the design process, that demonstrates skilful application of materials and techniques and that realises and communicates the student’s ideas. To achieve this outcome the student will draw on key knowledge and key skills outlined in Area of Study 1.
This knowledge includes
• ways of presenting objectives of the folio focus;
• materials and techniques appropriate to particular art form/s;
• the depiction of subject matter in artworks;
• the resolution of aesthetic qualities in artworks;
• methods for the realisation and communication of ideas in artworks;
• techniques for the production and presentation of artworks appropriate to the student’s ideas and the selected art form/s;
• ways to create relationships between artworks to present a cohesive folio.
These skills include the ability to
• articulate the focus of the folio;
• use selected potential directions to support the production of artworks;
• apply materials and techniques appropriate to particular art form/s and utilise their inherent characteristics;
• depict subject matter;
• resolve aesthetic qualities;
• realise and communicate ideas in artworks;
• create relationships between artworks.
AREA OF STUDY 2
Focus, reflection and evaluation
This area of study requires students to reflect on their folio and produce an evaluation of the finished artworks. Students provide visual and written documentation of the selected potential directions that were used as the basis for the final artworks in Unit 4 Area of Study 1. The documentation must identify the refined focus of the production of the folio, including the reasons why specific potential directions, developed in the design process in Unit 3, have been selected to produce the folio in Unit 4.
At the completion of the folio, students examine and reflect on the communication of ideas, the use of materials and techniques, the resolution of aesthetics and the relationships that have been formed in the cohesive folio. They document how the artworks will be presented to support the communication refined throughout the individual design process. They may explain any refocusing and provide visual support materials that demonstrate the refinement of skills and techniques employed in the folio.
On completion of this unit the student should be able to provide visual and written documentation that identifies the folio focus and evaluates the extent to which the finished artworks reflect the selected potential directions, and effectively demonstrate a cohesive relationship between the works. To achieve this outcome the student will draw on key knowledge and key skills outlined in Area of Study 2.
This knowledge includes
• appropriate art language and terminology;
• objective of folio focus;
• appropriate methods for reflection and evaluation;
• ways in which potential directions contribute to the production of finished artworks;
• ways in which the finished artworks relate to each other;
• methods of applying materials and techniques;
• aesthetic qualities of finished artworks;
• ways in which ideas are communicated in finished artworks;
• methods relevant to the presentation of a cohesive folio;
• types of evidence to support the use of potential directions in the finished artworks including visual and written documentation.
These skills include the ability to
• use appropriate art language and terminology;
• identify and describe the focus and subject matter of the folio;
• explain the ways in which potential directions contributed to the production of finished artworks;
• provide visual evidence of selected potential directions used to produce the finished folio of artworks;
• explain any further refinement to the possible directions in order to produce artworks;
• reflect on the effectiveness of finished artworks to communicate ideas and aims;
• analyse how the finished artworks realise the communication of ideas;
• discuss how relationships are established between finished artworks;
• explain how materials and techniques were applied in the finished artworks;
• explain how aesthetic qualities were resolved in the finished artworks;
• discuss the presentation of the cohesive folio.