Year 11
Year 11
Girls doing craftwork

Art Units 1 & 2

Year 11: Units 1 & 2

The VCE Art study recognises art as an integral part of our lives. Art is a dynamic visual language through which we are able to communicate personal experiences, ideas, cultural values and beliefs. In both the process of making and examining art, students can realise the power to inspire change through imagination, creativity and innovation.
Within the VCE Art study, theoretical research and investigation informs artmaking. Students are encouraged to recognise the interplay between research and artmaking. This provides students with an informed context that supports an awareness of art as a tool for cultural and personal communication, in addition to providing stimulus and inspiration for their own artmaking. The study acknowledges the value of creativity and analytical thinking in preparing students by encouraging imagination, flexibility, adaptability and risk-taking. Students develop their visual language through personal and independent learning by combining a focused study of artworks with practical artmaking.
VCE Art provides the opportunity to investigate the role of art in the world through a study of historical and contemporary cultures. The Art study challenges students to articulate their understanding of the meanings and messages contained within artworks and to examine the effects of artworks upon the viewer. Throughout their study, students develop skills in research, analysis and arts criticism to interpret and discuss the issues that are raised and, in response, they form and support personal points of view. Through exploration and experimentation using art forms, materials, techniques and processes, students progressively develop their own artworks and develop an awareness of art practices.

Unit 1: Artworks, Experience and Meaning

In this unit students focus on artworks examining how elements, art principles, materials and techniques and artistic processes communicate meaning. They will examine artists from different societies, cultures and historical periods beginning to develop their own viewpoints about the meanings and messages of the artworks. Students explore artists who have been inspired by ideas relating to personal and cultural identity. They study at least three artists and at least one artwork from each of the selected artists. Students apply the Structural and Personal Frameworks and their own opinion to interpret the meanings and messages of artworks and to document the reflection of their ideas. In their practical work, students explore the characteristics of materials, techniques and the art process. Students develop an understanding of the use of visual language to document their exploration and development of ideas, techniques and processes in a visual diary.


  • Artworks and meaning
  • Art making and meaning

Unit 2: Artworks and Contemporary Culture

In this unit students use the Cultural and Contemporary Frameworks to examine the different ways in which artists interpret and present social and personal issues in their artistic practice. In students’ own artistic practice, they continue to use the art process and visual language to explore and experiment with materials and techniques and to develop personal and creative responses. Students may research contemporary artworks, public art, community and collaborative artworks, art produced for festivals, newspaper cartoons, art prizes, curated exhibitions, performance art, environmental art and street art. Students begin to see the importance of the cultural context of artworks and analyse the varying social functions that art can serve. Students use the Contemporary Framework to examine artworks from different periods of time and cultures. These investigations may also include practices of appropriation, collaboration, participation and questioning of the notion of authorship of artworks.


  • Contemporary artworks and culture
  • Art making and contemporary culture