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Visual Arts

What is Visual Arts?

Two hands on paper making design using oil pastels

The Visual Arts course at Winmalee High School offers students the opportunity to explore a range of 2D, 3D and 4D art forms, including ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photo media, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, fibre, and time based forms.

Winmalee High school prides itself on fostering innovation and creative intelligence. We encourage students to think critically and become analytical visual consumers.

Visual Arts Courses Stage 4 & 5 
(Years 7-10)

Visual Arts Stage 4 (Years 7-8)

Visual Arts in Year 7 & 8 is studied by all students. Students in this course are introduced to role of art and design. Investigation of artists’ and designers’ practice is explored through a range of media.

What does learning look like in Visual Arts?

Winmalee High School Visual Arts provides a range of learning experiences that supports students to take a resilient and growth mindset approach to their learning and develop confidence in their creative ability. Students are encouraged to take risks in their learning by engaging in tasks that require both individual and team-based activities.

Students work with the community and have the opportunity to be involved in a range of extra-curricular activities. These include the National Art School Intensive Workshops, Operation Art, Reconciliation Challenge, Special Effects Workshop, Young Archie and Art After Hours Workshops.

Our facilities at Winmalee High School include three Visual Arts studios, an extensive and contemporary Visual Arts library, a fully equipped photographic darkroom and digital media lab built specifically for art and design. Students work with industry standard hardware and software to develop contemporary cross-media artworks.

Visual Arts students

Visual Arts elective Stage 5 (Years 9-10)

Students who choose Visual Arts as an elective in Years 9-10 will use a variety of art forms - such as drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics and digital media to create personal artworks. These artworks will explore a range of issues and ideas. Students undertake both critical and historical study of artists, their work and artistic traditions using the Conceptual Framework and the Frames.

Visual Design elective Stage 5 (Years 9-10)

The Visual Design elective course specialises in learning opportunities through the areas of print and object. This includes graphic, wearable, product, and interior/exterior design. Students are provided with opportunities to engage in student driven design projects, allowing them to develop their ability to think creatively, solve problems and respond to a design brief within a specific period. 

Rear view of female student in Visual Arts class working in her book

Visual Arts Courses Stage 6 (Years 11-12)

Visual Arts

The Year 11-12 2 Unit Visual Arts course provides students with an opportunity to extend skills developed in the junior course. As part of the HSC course, students create a major Body of Work in one of twelve expressive forms. They also engage in historical and critical studies across cultures and contexts, using the Conceptual Framework, the Frames and Artists’ Practice. This course is an ATAR course. This course can be successfully studied without completing elective Visual Arts in years 9 and 10.


The Year 11 Photography course provides students with the opportunity to develop professional skills in wet and digital photography and film. Students develop a photographic portfolio and investigate a range of photographic styles. Students learn to edit their photographic works using software including Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. This is a non ATAR course.

Further information about Visual Arts can be found at:

Visual Arts Stage 4 & 5 Syllabus (Years 7 to 10) 

Visual Arts Stage 6 Syllabus (Years 11 & 12)           


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