Figtree High School

Crescere Fidere Statuere

Telephone02 4271 2787

Visual Arts

Visual Arts develops students' abilities to make and study images and objects.

This subject rewards individual thinking and offers students opportunities to engage in creative and inductive forms of inquiry. The flexible content of the course provides for the specific needs of students, preparing them for further education, training and employment. The knowledge, understanding, skills and values gained assist students in building conceptual and practical skills which can be applied throughout life.


What Subjects/Courses Do We Offer?

The Creative & Performing Arts Faculty offers a wide range of subjects linked to Visual Arts including:

Stage 4 (Years 7 & 8)                Stage 5 (Years 9 & 10)  Stage 6 (Years 11 & 12)                    

Year 7 Visual Arts

Year 8 Visual Arts


  • Visual Arts - 200 hours

  • Photographic & 

      Digital Media - 200 hours

  • Visual Design – 200 hours

  • Visual Arts (ATAR)
  • Photography, Video & 

      Digital Imaging (NON ATAR)


What will students learn about?

Students learn about the pleasure and enjoyment of making different kinds of artworks in 2D, 3D and 4D forms. They learn to represent their ideas and interests with reference to contemporary trends and they explore how their own lives and experiences can influence their artmaking and critical and historical studies. They learn how painters, sculptors, architects, designers, photographers, designers and ceramists make artworks and explore how art is shaped by different beliefs, values and meanings by examining artists and artworks from different times and places and relationships between the artist –artwork – world – audience.


What will students learn to do?

Figtree High School students develop artworks using a range of materials and techniques in 2D, 3D and 4D forms, including traditional and more contemporary forms, site-specific works, installations, video and digital media and other ICT forms, in order to build a body of work over time. Students will develop their research and experimentation skills and learn how to make informed personal choices and judgements. Our students develop skills through recording procedures and activities about their artmaking practices in their Visual Arts Process Diary. Importantly, they learn to interpret and explain the functions of and relationships between the artist – artwork – world – audience throughout their artmaking practice.


Artmaking Opportunities

  • Visual Arts Masterclass – for confident students wishing to refine their skills

  • External Art Exhibition entries – such as Operation Art and Young Archy

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