Art Essentials

Why should I study Art Essentials?

The specific tasks in each subject in Semester 1 and 2 differ, offering students the opportunity to study either one semester or two semesters in either of the subjects over the year if desired.

Art Essentials A in Semester 1 is designed for students who have had limited exposure to art and may have lower levels of literacy. It suits students who require more focused direction in the basic skills and understandings of Art. Students can then progress onto Stage 1 Art (Creative Arts) B or continue to develop their skills in Stage 1 Art Essentials B.

Art Essentials B in Semester 2 is for students with limited background in art, as well as students who have already completed Art Essentials A and wish to further develop the knowledge and understanding that underpins Arts learning.

Where does Art Essentials lead?

Art Essentials A and B can lead to further study in Stage 1 Art (Creative Arts) and also Stage 2 Art (Creative Arts).

What work will I do in Art Essentials?

In Art Essentials A in Semester 1 the focus is on exploring a range of materials and techniques in the Practical Skills component, and learning about artists, developing specific art language and laying the foundation of higher-order thinking skills in the Inquiry component. Skills are developed, particularly in the area of drawing. Students produce a final Product with a supporting Folio.

Art Essentials B in Semester 2 explores both ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ media, including mixed media. Students gain an appreciation of both historical and contemporary artists and produce a final Product with supporting Folio, exploring their creative thinking processes.

What do other students think about Art Essentials?

 I was hoping to learn new skills in drawing when I started this course and the result was excellent. I can tell that I have improved my drawing skills and I really enjoyed the course. I would recommend others to do Art because it helps our learning in many ways, including communication skills.

Student – Art Essentials A 2021

The drawing skills that I learnt could help in future studies such as biological drawings. Drawing also helps me to release stress.

Student – Art Essentials A 2021

My opinion about drawing has changed a lot – I did not know there are so many materials to use in drawing such as water colour, charcoal, ink sticks etc. I now know a lot more about the area of Drawing and that there are many techniques such as using wash, shading and drawing from observation. I would recommend people take up Drawing because it has many benefits such as stress relief and increase of emotional intelligence.

Student – Art Essentials 2021

Where can I find more information about Art Essentials?

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