In the Australian Curriculum, The Arts is a learning area that draws together related but distinct art forms. While these art forms have close relationships and are often used in interrelated ways, each involves different approaches to arts practices and critical and creative thinking that reflect distinct bodies of knowledge,
understanding and skills. The curriculum examines past, current and emerging arts practices in each art form across a range of cultures and places.
At Parafield Gardens High
School we offer four distinct arts subjects that students can study from year 8
through to year 12:
Visual Arts- Art from year 8, Design from
The arts have the capacity to
engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and
encouraging them to reach their creative and expressive potential. The five arts
subjects in the Australian Curriculum provide opportunities for students to
learn how to create, design, represent, communicate and share their imagined
and conceptual ideas, emotions, observations and experiences.
Rich in tradition, the arts
play a major role in the development and expression of cultures and
communities, locally, nationally and globally. Students communicate ideas in
current, traditional and emerging forms and use arts knowledge and
understanding to make sense of their world. The Australian Curriculum: The Arts
values, respects and explores the significant contributions of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Peoples to Australia?s arts heritage and contemporary
arts practices through their distinctive ways of representing and communicating
knowledge, traditions and experience. In The Arts, students learn as artists
and audience through the intellectual, emotional and sensory experiences of the
arts. They acquire knowledge, skills and understanding specific to The Arts
subjects and develop critical understanding that informs decision-making and
aesthetic choices. Through The Arts, students learn to express their ideas,
thoughts and opinions as they discover and interpret the world. They learn that
designing, producing and resolving their work is as essential to learning in
the arts as is creating a finished artwork. Students develop their arts
knowledge and aesthetic understanding through a growing comprehension of the
distinct and related languages, symbols, techniques, processes and skills of
the arts subjects. Arts learning provides students with opportunities to engage
with creative industries and arts professionals.
The arts entertain, challenge,
provoke responses and enrich our knowledge of self, communities, world cultures
and histories. The Arts contribute to the development of confident and creative
individuals, nurturing and challenging active and informed citizens. Learning
in The Arts is based on cognitive, affective and sensory/kinaesthetic response
to arts practices as students revisit increasingly complex content, skills and
processes with developing confidence and sophistication across their years of
This rationale is extended and
complemented by the specific rationale for each arts subject.
Content descriptions in each
arts subject reflect the interrelated strands of making and responding.
making includes learning about and using
knowledge, skills, techniques, processes, materials and technologies to
explore arts practices and make artworks that communicate ideas and
responding includes exploring, responding
to, analysing and interpreting artworks.
Making in each arts subject
engages students? cognition, imagination, senses and emotions in conceptual and
practical ways and involves them thinking kinaesthetically, critically and
creatively. Students develop knowledge, understanding and skills to design,
produce, present and perform artworks. To make an artwork, students work from
an idea, an intention, particular resources, an expressive or imaginative
impulse, or an external stimulus.
Students learn, develop and
refine skills as the artist and as audience for their own work, and as audience
for the works of others. Making involves practical actions informed by critical
thought to design and produce artworks. Students independently and
collaboratively experiment, conceptualise, reflect on, refine, present,
perform, communicate and evaluate. They learn to explore possibilities across
diverse art forms, solve problems, experiment with techniques, materials and
technologies, and ask probing questions when making decisions and interpreting
Part of making involves
students considering their artworks from a range of viewpoints, including that
of the audience. Students consider their own responses as artists to
interpretations of the artwork as it is developed or in its completed form.
Responding in each arts
subject involves students, as artists and audiences, exploring, responding to,
analysing, interpreting and critically evaluating artworks they experience.
Students learn to understand, appreciate and critique the arts through the
critical and contextual study of artworks and by making their own artworks.
Learning through making is interrelated with and dependent on responding.
Students learn by reflecting on their making and critically responding to the
making of others.
When responding, students
learn to critically evaluate the presentation, production and/or performance of
artworks through an exploration of the practices involved in making an artwork
and the relationship between artist, audience and artwork. Students learn that
meanings can be interpreted and represented according to different viewpoints,
and that the viewpoints they and others hold shift according to different
Students consider the artist?s
relationship with an audience. They reflect on their own experiences as
audience members and begin to understand how artworks represent ideas through
expression, symbolic communication and cultural traditions and rituals.
Students think about how audiences consume, debate and interpret the meanings
of artworks. They recognise that in communities many people are interested in
looking at, interpreting, explaining, experiencing and talking about the arts.
In making and responding to
artworks, students consider a range of viewpoints or perspectives through which
artworks can be explored and interpreted. These include the contexts in which
the artworks are made by artists and experienced by audiences. The world can be
interpreted through different contexts, including social, cultural and
historical contexts. Based on this curriculum, key questions are provided as a
framework for developing students? knowledge, understanding and inquiry skills.
Students undertake a term each
of Visual Art, Dance, Drama and Music.
In each separate arts
curriculum area students undertake learning activities that cover the Arts
strands of Making and Responding and Viewpoints.
·All arts subjects are elective
for a semester in year 9
·All Arts subjects are elective
for a semester in year 10. Students may choose to do 2 semesters of a
particular Arts Subject. Students
wanting to do an Arts Subject in the Senior School are highly recommended to
pursue a full year of that subject to best prepare themselves for the demands
of Senior School.
·All performing Arts students
will be required to participate in public performances throughout the semester.
·Music students are required to
undertake individual musical instrument tuition provided for by the school.