Visual arts teaching and learning resources
Assessing Visual Arts Bodies of Work
This resource is designed to assist stage 6 visual arts teachers to make informed and valid judgements when marking HSC bodies of work. It has been written to compliment the NSW Standards Authority (NESA) Visual Arts – 2020 HSC Marking Support Pack.
Teachers can use the resource to:
- familiarise themselves with the characteristics of the benchmarks and language of the marking guidelines
- understand the importance of undertaking critical dialogue with a colleague in the lead up to independently marking bodies of work
- develop confidence when making judgements through practice using the work samples
- ensure that marks awarded to bodies of work reflect the standard demonstrated.
The body of work
In the videos below, seven year 12 students discuss the development of their body of work including their use of a visual arts process diary, their inspiration, ideas, use of materials and techniques. They reflect upon their journey, the successful completion of their works and inclusion in ARTEXPRESS.
These videos are derived from a forthcoming professional learning resource titled Visual Arts Stage 6 and the body of work. Participants completing this course will find a correlating set of filmed teacher interviews unpacking the teaching and learning process.
Successful bodies of work - interactive resource
When completing this short unit of work, students will learn from a range of former students who have successfully completed their body of work. They will also take a virtual tour of ArtExpress 2020 at the Art Gallery of NSW, and will investigate the role of the curator in creating the ArtExpress exhibition. By completing these activities, students will identify and understand the qualities of successful HSC bodies of work
The frames scaffold
As students' progress from Stage 5 to Stage 6 they learn about the frames in increasingly more inter-related ways. Teachers can use this resource as a scaffold (PDF 5.83MB) through which students can investigate and understand the layering of meaning in and beliefs about the visual arts. Students can use the frames to adopt a point of view, or interpretive lens through which they can account for their own artmaking and that of others.
In this resource the word artist can refer to: designer, photographer, film-maker, animator, architect and so on.
The conceptual framework scaffold
The conceptual framework (PDF 145.54MB) provides a model for understanding the artworld agencies of the artist, artwork, audience and world. This document is not definitive but provides a useful scaffold for understanding the network of relationships in the artworld.
Practice in artmaking, art history and art criticism scaffold
Students learn about the nature of practice in the visual arts in artmaking, art criticism and art history. This scaffold (PDF 359.22 KB) can be used to build student understanding of practice and the network of relationships that inform practice. Students learn about the practice in increasingly relational ways as they progress through Stage 6.
Stage 6 case study
The stage 6 HSC case study 'Free snags with tabouli' focuses on Australian visual artists who provide a platform to address multiculturalism, tolerance and equality in Australia. It references to the Cronulla Riots and artists who reflect on this in their practice. This study links to the NSW Stage 6 Visual Art syllabus by addressing the frames, conceptual framework and practice developing students’ knowledge and understanding of visual arts in their critical and historical accounts.
These documents can be used as one of the five case studies taught in stage 6. The case study contains a HSC visual arts program, case study booklets, yearly assessment schedule, scope and sequence, practical assessment task, art criticism / history assessment task and stage 6 visual arts life skills modified assessment tasks for both practical and art criticism / history.
- Program for Free Snags with Tabouli (DOCX 268.68KB)
- Assessment schedule (DOCX 49.27KB)
- Scope and sequence (DOCX 51.14KB)
- Theory assessment task (DOCX 51.33KB)
- Life skills theory assessment task (DOCX 50.58KB)
- Practical assessment task (DOCX 53.98KB)
- Life skills practical assessment task (DOCX 52.8KB)
- Accompanying teaching and learning booklets:
The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) visual arts page contains the syllabus and helpful materials including a sample assessment schedule, HSC exam specifications, advice for HSC submitted works and how to set up rooms for itinerant marking, specimen exams, marking guidelines for practical tasks, standards materials, past papers additional support information.
Visual Arts and Design Educators Association contains professional learning and resource materials for all stages.
Learning from home resources
Student guided online learning sequences to support learning from home or in the classroom