What is Studio Arts all about?
In this study, students focus on developing an individual understanding of the stages of studio practice and learn how to explore, develop, refine, resolve and present artworks. Students explore sources of inspiration; research artistic influences develop individual ideas and explore a range of materials and techniques related to specific art forms. 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 created in artworks. Students further develop their understanding of visual language. To consolidate the knowledge gained, students undertake a process of reflection and evaluation in written and visual form that is progressively recorded in a visual diary.
Students also research and analyse the ways in which artists from different times and cultures have developed their studio practice to interpret and express ideas, source inspiration and apply materials and techniques in artworks.
The exhibition of artworks is integral to Units 1 and 2 and students are encouraged to visit a variety of exhibition spaces throughout the year, reflect on the different environments and examine how artworks are presented to an audience.
This study enables students to:
- express themselves creatively through art-making and come to understand how to support and sustain their art practice
- develop an individual studio process, and practise and refine specialised skills appropriate to particular art forms and media selected for art-making
- analyse and draw inspiration from the ways in which artists apply studio processes in the production of their individual artworks
- develop an understanding of historical and cultural contexts in the production and analysis of artworks
- develop and apply skills in visual analysis, including the use of appropriate terminology in relation to their own artwork and artists studied
- extend their understanding of the roles and methods involved in the presentation of artworks in a range of gallery and exhibition spaces
- develop an understanding of professional art practices related to the exhibition of artworks to an audience, including the roles and methods involved in the presentation of artworks in a range of gallery and exhibition spaces.
The study is made up of four units.
Unit 1: Studio inspiration and techniques
Unit 2: Studio exploration and concepts
Unit 3: Studio practices and processes
Unit 4: Studio practice and art industry contexts
There are no prerequisites for entry to Units 1, 2 and 3. Students must undertake Unit 3 prior to undertaking Unit 4.
Demonstrated achievement of the set of outcomes specified for the unit.
Levels of Achievement
Units 1 and 2
School based assessment consisting of coursework, assessment tasks and an exam
Units 3 and 4
School- assessed coursework/task and an end-of-year examination
- Unit 3 School-assessed coursework: 5 %
- Unit 4 School-assessed coursework: 5 %
- Unit 3&4 School assessed Task: 60%
- End-of-year examination: 30 %
Proposed Subject Cost
Units 1 & 2 – $60
Units 3 & 4 – $60