Middle School Subjects – Visual Arts

Through Visual Arts, students make and respond using visual arts knowledge, understanding and skills to represent meaning associated with personal and global views, and intrinsic and extrinsic worlds.

Visual Arts engages students in a journey of discovery, experimentation and problem-solving relevant to visual perception and visual language. Students undertake this journey by using visual techniques, technologies, practices and processes. Learning in the Visual Arts, students become increasingly confident and proficient in achieving their personal visual aesthetic, and appreciate and value that of others.

Visual Arts in the Australian Curriculum provides opportunities for Middle School students to learn how to create, design, represent, communicate and share their imagined and conceptual ideas, emotions, observations and experiences (Australian Curriculum, 2018).

For each unit of work, students will complete: a Folio (documentation of ideas, artwork analysis and practical techniques) and a Practical (final resolved artwork).

Year 7

At Year 7, units may include a combination of the following:

Dreamscape Self-Portrait
(Drawing Media)

Exploring techniques in 3x5 lettering, line, colour and shape

Patterns in Australian Art
(Mixed Media)

Developing personal iconography in response to traditional Aboriginal artworks

Op Art Sculpture

Creating unique optical illusions on a three-dimensional paper sculpture

Perspective Cityscape Drawing

Analysing depth within existing artworks, then using one or two-point perspective in own cityscape composition

New and Recycled Robot Sculpture
(Mixed Media)

Experimenting with mixed media sculptural techniques to create a themed robot using recycled materials.

Year 8

At Year 8, units may include a combination of the following:

Super Mario Composition

Demonstrate an understanding of colour theory and alternate colour schemes

Clay Fish

Analysing the form of Japanese Koi fish when creating a unique clay sculpture (building and glazing techniques taught)

Abstract Design
(Lino Printmaking)

Using observational drawing techniques to develop an abstract design that can be printed using a linocut

Tone and Portraiture

Develop technical skills in graphite drawing through a series of tonal exercises

Year 9

At Year 9, units may include a combination of the following:

Collaborative Art

(Mural, mosaic, or sculpture)

Students work collaboratively to plan, design and create art that can be displayed publically within the college

Scumbling Portrait


Build skills in tonal rendering through observation to complete a portrait painting using a scumbling technique


(Graphic Illustration and Product Design)

Develop a unique creature through illustration techniques and develop a colour sticker, laser cut badge/keyring and story book page.

Year 10 Visual Arts - Art

Year 10 Visual Arts - Design