The Visual Arts faculty at Fairvale High School promotes a positive learning environment and curriculum that encourages and nurtures creativity and critical thinking skills, individual and artistic expression. Our vision is to provide a structured and creative environment that enables students to develop a life-long commitment and appreciation to the visual arts through both practical and theoretical studies, giving students the opportunity to develop as artists, designers, photographers, film makers, ceramicists and citizens of the world.
The Visual Arts department at Fairvale High is well resourced with five large specialist artrooms, one of which has an attached ceramic studio area. We also have a large fully equipped darkroom for black and white wet photography as well as a highly equipped digital lab with state of the art printing facilities for students who wish to work in digital media and film.
New FVHS Art Gallery Building 2013
"There was movement at the school, for the word had passed around
that an art gallery was soon to be built, on this side of town.
We wait with anticipation, for the building works to start
For the gallery will be a place where the students display their art."
The Visual Arts faculty offers a wide range of courses across Year 7-12. These include Visual Arts, Ceramics, Film and Video, Visual Design, and Photography.
Year 7 and 8 Visual Arts (stage 4)
Visual Arts is a mandatory course in year 7 and 8 where students explore a variety of different art making experiences such as drawing, painting, wet photography, digital photography, printmaking, claywork, sculpture, and animation/or film making. Students also learn how to interpret and gain information from artworks that they study in class. Students attend Visual Arts once a week for a double period.
- Year 7
- Year 8
Year 9 & 10 Electives (stage 5)
At Fairvale High School we offer five different elective courses to students in year 9 and 10 (stage 5) and in year11 and 12 (stage 6). These courses are designed to further develop the student’s skills and cater for excellence in specific areas as they provided students with a broader, deeper and more extensive learning in Visual Arts beyond the limits of the mandatory course.
- Visual Arts
- Film & Video
- Visual Design
In year 9 an excursion is planned during the second semester to Luna Park. Here students have the opportunity to view the different Art Deco Architecture and experience the different machinery and rides in motion, the beautiful Sydney Harbour landscape. Students document these through drawings, photographs and film in which these studies are used at school to create an artwork.
In year 10 an excursion is planned during the year to a specific art exhibition related to the unit of work being studied. This may include: Art Express Exhibition, Biennale of Sydney, Sculptures by the Sea.
Year 11 & 12 Electives (Stage 6)
- Visual Arts
In year 12, students are required to develop and create a Body of Work in their chosen media for the HSC. They also develop their writing skills and knowledge of the world of art through different case studies being taught.
This course is for the creative, visually interested in the fun and exciting world of Visual Arts. Visual Arts develops positive self-concept through individuality in the creation and study of works of art.
Through the study of a variety of different modules students will develop their knowledge, skills and understanding through the making of ceramic work which demonstrates conceptual and technical accomplishment and the critical and historical investigations of ceramics. Modules include: Introduction to Ceramics, Occupational Health and Safety, Hand building, Throwing, Sculptural Forms, Kilns, Glaze Technology, Casting, Surface Treatment, Mixed Media, Ceramics Project.
Students work through modules whilst developing skills and knowledge in practice and understanding of historical and critical aspects of Photography. Modules include: Introduction to Practice in Wet Photography, Developing a Point of View, Traditions, Conventions, Styles and Genres, Manipulated Images, The Arranged Image and Temporal Accounts, Individual/collaborative project.
- Film & Video
Students work through modules whilst developing skills and knowledge in practice and understanding of historical and critical aspects of Film and Video. Modules include: Introduction to Practice in Video, Developing a Point of View, Traditions, Conventions, Styles and Genres, Manipulated Forms, The Arranged Image, Temporal Accounts, Individual/collaborative project, and Mandatory Module: Occupational Health and Safety.
- Visual Design
Students work through modules whilst developing skills and knowledge in practice and understanding of historical and critical aspects of Visual Design. Modules include: Publications and Information, Illustration and Cartooning, Interactive and Multimedia, Clothing and Image, Jewellery and Accessories, Textiles, Packaging, Furniture, Industrial, Structures and Environments, Stage Sets and Props, Interiors, Individual/Collaborative Design Project, and mandatory module: Occupational Health and Safety.
- Visual Arts Life Skills course
Visual Arts Life Skills is mandatory to year 7 and 8 students with special educational needs and is offered as an elective to year 9, 10, 11 and 12 students with special educational needs.
This course provides a relevant and meaningful program of study within the Visual Arts that reflects the needs, interests and abilities of each student where outcomes may be demonstrated independently or with support. Students experiences a variety of art-making activities through the exploration and use of a variety of different materials, techniques and processes. Students will also study a variety of different artist and art movements.
Head Teacher Visual Arts
FAIRVALE HIGH SCHOOL