Mastering Theory

Sarah Fordham, artist, designer and university lecturer, added another feather to her already colourful cap when she visited SGCS this week to offer our Visual Arts students an insight into the HSC.

As lecturer in Visual Arts Education at the Australian Catholic University, Sarah designs and delivers both undergraduate and graduate education programs in Visual Arts for both primary and secondary pre-service teachers. She is also a practising artist and a designer of a vibrant range of homewares and fashions.

Drawing on all her areas of expertise, she presented an informative, and as to be expected, colourful seminar on how to prepare for the Visual Arts HSC exam. The seminar covered topics like exam techniques, preparation, knowledge refreshment, expanding your artistic vocabulary and practical advice on study schedules.  

Year 12 students often make the mistake of putting all their effort into producing a major work, yet art theory makes up fifty per cent of the overall Visual Arts mark. It was a timely reminder for both our current Year 12 students and our Year 11 students, that a balance between practice and theory is essential.