Our students learn about the pleasure and enjoyment of making different kinds of artworks in 2D, 3D and/or 4D forms. They learn to represent their ideas and interests with reference to contemporary trends and how artists’ including painters, sculptors, architects, designers, photographers and ceramists, make artworks.
Our students learn how art is shaped by different beliefs, values and meanings by exploring artists and artworks from different times and places and relationships in the artworld between the artist – artwork – world – audience. They also explore how their own lives and experiences can influence their artmaking and critical and historical studies.
Our students use a range of materials and techniques, including traditional and more contemporary forms, site-specific works, installations, video and digital media and other ICT forms, to build a body of work over time. They learn to develop their research skills, approaches to experimentation and how to make informed personal choices and judgements. They learn to record procedures and activities about their artmaking practice in their Visual Arts diary.
They learn to investigate and respond to a wide range of artists and artworks in artmaking, critical and historical studies. They also learn to interpret and explain the function of and relationships in the artworld between the artist – artwork – world – audience to make and study artworks.
Higher School Certificate Visual Arts Major Works
Some of the major works produced by the Visual Arts Class of 2014
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Our Visual Arts Teacher Mr Martin Coyte with his recent exhibition
The school community knows Mr. Martin Coyte very well from his endeavours in the Art Room. He is also to be found in his favourite chair in the staffroom delivering witty observations on chromatic intensity, computers, life, the universe and everything. Those with long memories will recall Mr. Coyte and wife Louise as the parents of three former students of the school: beginning with Matthew (now Editor-in-Chief of Rolling Stone Australia, Leo - an artist with several exhibition credits of his own), and more recently Gene. Many in the school are also delighted to have met youngest son Lewis.
At the same time that he has been modestly toiling away in the Art Room, Mr. Coyte has also established quite a reputation as an artist. A search of Google showed that he has had his work exhibited on a huge number of occasions over the years. As one would expect, there have been exhibitions of his work at the major galleries in Bathurst and Orange. There have also been exhibitions in other regional centres such as Muswellbrook and Shepparton in Victoria, the capitals of Melbourne and Sydney and even London! In 1999 he was commissioned to provide the wattle paintings that the Scots community sees in the Bathurst Entertainment Centre on Speech Day. Again, as expected, his works are in the collection of the Orange, Bathurst and Cowra galleries. Perhaps not so well known, is that he is also represented in the Australian National University Art Collection, and the Patrick White Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.The Orange Regional Gallery is presenting an exhibition of Mr. Coyte’s work called Looking Back. Louise Doyle, a former director of the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, opened Looking Back. Ms. Doyle is now Director of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. Looking Back is on until 6 October. Anyone going to see Mr. Coyte’s exhibition should also go upstairs to an exhibition in Gallery 3 curated by Orange Regional Gallery Director Alan Sisley, entitled Director’s Choice. I enjoyed the Dame Edna Everage teapot!