VCE Studio Arts

Adjustments to the Study Design for VCE Studio Arts have been made in response to the COVID-19 restrictions. The authors of Art-isan Second Edition have provided the following advice for teachers, but please see the updated Study Design from VCAA below.

Revisions to the Studio Arts Study Design for 2020 only please see the information provided by VCAA in link above.

 Unit 3

While there are no changes to Unit 3 in the adjusted Study design for 2020, remember that the exploration proposal and work plan are as always, a living document. Students should be annotating it as they go through their studio process. This is especially pertinent this year when students may have had to alter their plans due to distance learning in Term 3.

Unit 4 and how the adjustments to this year’s study design relates to Art-isan 

As students are now required to realise and resolve their artwork, discussion of refinement in chapter 12 and 13 of artwork is no longer applicable.

As defined by the VCAA 

resolve refers to a solution, a firmness and steadfast of purpose.

Realise: to make actual to convert, something planned or imagined into real existence.

Chapter 12 discusses the production of artworks from student’s potential directions. Students now need to consider only one artwork in Unit 4 and of course this means that they are no longer required to consider the cohesion of artworks as discussed in this chapter. The presentation of artworks discussed in chapter 12.5 is also no longer a requirement for 2020.

As the evaluation and reflection document has now been expanded to a word count of 1000-1500 words, the sample document in chapter 13 that is beyond the usual word limit of 750-1000 will be a very good resource. Remember the emphasis of this document is on how the student has resolved their artwork rather than refined it.

Virtual galleries are mentioned in Chapter 14 in its discussion of Outcome 3- Art’s industry contexts.  These will be a focus of this Outcome this year. There are many fabulous virtual tours that students can visit online around Australia, such as the NGV in Melbourne, ‘The white rabbit Gallery’ in Sydney. Students can even venture overseas to explore the virtual tours offered by famous institutions such as the Tate Modern and The Met in New York, as long as they are viewing exhibitions that are happening in their year of study. Remember to remind students that as stated in chapter 14, online galleries are not the same as websites.

From the writers of Art-isan, we wish you well in your teaching or study of the remainder of Studio Arts in 2020.