Top Arts 2021

Folio: Millie Fraser-Smith – VCE Studio Arts


Unit 3 – Outcome 1 – Criterion 1

Preparation of an exploration proposal and work plan that formulates the content and parameters of an individual studio process.

Millie’s exploration proposal addresses the following content:

  • the focus and subject matter to be developed;
  • the ideas to be explored;
  • the art forms through which the studio process will be developed;
  • the analysis and interpretation of sources of inspiration relevant to student ideas;
  • conceptual possibilities;
  • the use of art elements, art principles and aesthetic qualities to be investigated;
  • the materials and techniques to be explored and developed;
  • planning of the studio process.
  • at the end of the exploration proposal, there is a work plan that provides a weekly overview to explain how the studio process will be structured and managed.

Unit 3 – Outcome 1 – Criterion 1

Preparation of an exploration proposal and work plan that formulates the content and parameters of an individual studio process.

Millie’s exploration proposal addresses the following content:

  • the focus and subject matter, she has clearly stated that she has an interest in architecture
  • the ideas to be explored – her ideas she is exploring are international architecture and also urban architecture which are discussed.
  • the art forms through which the studio process will be developed;
  • the analysis and interpretation of sources of inspiration relevant to student ideas;
  • Millie has linked her conceptual possibilities with artistic inspiration stating her idea of Edward Hopper and Jeffrey Smart’s focus of the urban culture.
  • Millie discusses the use of art elements, art principles and aesthetic qualities to be investigated with reference to the cool colour pallet she will investigate especially in relation to Jeffrey Smart’s work.
  • The materials and techniques to be explored and developed, Millie is has discussed the use of etching and how she is inspired by Giovanni Battista Piranesi work more in terms of structure and his etching technique.
  • At the end of the exploration proposal, there is a work plan that provides a weekly overview to explain how the studio process will be structured and managed.

Unit 3 – Outcome 2 – Criterion 2

Interpretation of and response to sources of inspiration to explore, develop and refine ideas throughout the studio process.

There are detailed annotations and citations that evaluate how the exploration, development and refinement of individual ideas, aesthetic qualities, materials and techniques in a studio process. Millie is researching and drawing.

Evidence of exploration, development and refinement:

  • There are written and visual references in the form of annotations and citations that explain how artistic and personal influences will be used and interpreted throughout the studio process.
  • Visual material including artworks by Edward Hopper is cited and referenced to support the ideas, subject matter and conceptual possibilities discussed in the visual diary.
  • The personal inspiration that references the concept of disconnectedness is documented through mind maps and visual imagery in the visual diary.
  • All forms of Inspiration and influences are clearly linked to the ideas expressed in the exploration proposal.

Unit 3 – Outcome 2 – Criterion 2

Interpretation of and response to sources of inspiration to explore, develop and refine ideas throughout the studio process.

There are detailed annotations and citations that evaluate how the exploration, development and refinement of individual ideas, aesthetic qualities, materials and techniques in a studio process. Millie is researching and drawing.

Evidence of exploration, development and refinement:

  • There are written and visual references in the form of annotations and citations that explain how artistic and personal influences will be used and interpreted throughout the studio process.
  • Visual material including artworks by Edward Hopper is cited and referenced to support the ideas, subject matter and conceptual possibilities discussed in the visual diary.
  • The personal inspiration that references the concept of disconnectedness is documented through mind maps and visual imagery in the visual diary.
  • All forms of Inspiration and influences are clearly linked to the ideas expressed in the exploration proposal.

Unit 3 – Outcome 2 – Criterion 3

Exploration of conceptual possibilities in the studio process that develops individual and personal subject matter as discussed in the exploration proposal and work plan.

A range of related conceptual possibilities has been clarified and documented to explore, develop and refine individual and personal subject matter and ideas in a studio process.

Evidence of exploration, development, and refinement:

  • Exploration of conceptual possibilities linked to the selection and development of individual and personal subject matter discussed in the exploration proposal and work plan. Millie is exploring her etching within her them of architecture.
  • In response to conceptual possibilities, a range of personal and individual subject matter has been progressively explored, developed, and refined through documentation in the studio process, including disconnectedness from one’s self and society as well as social anxiety.
  • Millie has used photo shoots of architecture to use as inspiration for her own work.

Unit 3 – Outcome 2 – Criterion 3

Exploration of conceptual possibilities in the studio process that develops individual and personal subject matter as discussed in the exploration proposal and work plan.

A range of related conceptual possibilities has been clarified and documented to explore, develop and refine individual and personal subject matter and ideas in a studio process.

Evidence of exploration, development, and refinement:

  • Exploration of conceptual possibilities linked to the selection and development of individual and personal subject matter discussed in the exploration proposal and work plan. Millie is exploring her etching within her them of architecture.
  • In response to conceptual possibilities, a range of personal and individual subject matter has been progressively explored, developed, and refined through documentation in the studio process, including disconnectedness from one’s self and society as well as social anxiety.
  • Millie has used photo shoots of architecture to use as inspiration for her own work.

Unit 3 – Outcome 2 – Criterion 3

Exploration of conceptual possibilities in the studio process that develops individual and personal subject matter as discussed in the exploration proposal and work plan.

Evidence of exploration, development and refinement:

  • Millie is exploring composition of her ideas, she has collected her imagery and is interpreting this and exploring and refining her ideas.
  • Exploration of conceptual possibilities is linked to the selection and development of individual and personal subject matter discussed in the exploration proposal and work plan.
  • In response to conceptual possibilities, a range of personal and individual subject matter has been progressively explored, developed and refined through documentation in the studio process, including disconnectedness from one’s self and society as well as social anxiety.

Unit 3 – Outcome 2 – Criterion 3

Exploration of conceptual possibilities in the studio process that develops individual and personal subject matter as discussed in the exploration proposal and work plan.

Evidence of exploration, development and refinement:

  • Millie is exploring composition of her ideas, she has collected her imagery and is interpreting this and exploring and refining her ideas.
  • Exploration of conceptual possibilities is linked to the selection and development of individual and personal subject matter discussed in the exploration proposal and work plan.
  • In response to conceptual possibilities, a range of personal and individual subject matter has been progressively explored, developed and refined through documentation in the studio process, including disconnectedness from one’s self and society as well as social anxiety.

Unit 3 – Outcome 2 – Criterion 3

Exploration of conceptual possibilities in the studio process that develops individual and personal subject matter as discussed in the exploration proposal and work plan.

Evidence of exploration, development and refinement:

  • Millie is exploring composition of her ideas, she has collected her imagery and is interpreting this and exploring and refining her ideas.
  • Exploration of conceptual possibilities is linked to the selection and development of individual and personal subject matter discussed in the exploration proposal and work plan.
  • In response to conceptual possibilities, a range of personal and individual subject matter has been progressively explored, developed and refined through documentation in the studio process, including disconnectedness from one’s self and society as well as social anxiety.

Unit 3 – Outcome 2 – Criterion 4

Apply skills to explore art elements and principles, materials, techniques and processes that communicate individual ideas and demonstrate aesthetic qualities.

Considered and accomplished application of skills in the exploration and refinement of art elements and principles, materials, techniques, processes and aesthetic qualities that demonstrate connections between art form/s and individual ideas.

Evidence of exploration, development and refinement:

  • Millie’s use of materials, techniques and processes relevant to a range of approaches to printmaking and painting is discussed in her exploration proposal.
  • Art elements and art principles are used to demonstrate aesthetic qualities relating to her depiction of architecture, she is referencing colour choices, space, line thickness also the choice of paper, paints and inks.
  • Throughout the visual diary, the application and refinement of skills in the use of materials, techniques and processes relevant to printing and painting are evident.
  • Use of etching materials, techniques and processes help to demonstrate aesthetic qualities and develop visual language.

Unit 3 – Outcome 2 – Criterion 4

Apply skills to explore art elements and principles, materials, techniques and processes that communicate individual ideas and demonstrate aesthetic qualities.

Considered and accomplished application of skills in the exploration and refinement of art elements and principles, materials, techniques, processes and aesthetic qualities that demonstrate connections between art form/s and individual ideas.

Evidence of exploration, development and refinement:

  • Millie’s use of materials, techniques and processes relevant to a range of approaches to printmaking and painting is discussed in her exploration proposal.
  • Art elements and art principles are used to demonstrate aesthetic qualities relating to her depiction of architecture, she is referencing colour choices, space, line thickness also the choice of paper, paints and inks.
  • Throughout the visual diary, the application and refinement of skills in the use of materials, techniques and processes relevant to printing and painting are evident.
  • Use of etching materials, techniques and processes help to demonstrate aesthetic qualities and develop visual language.

Unit 3 – Outcome 2 – Criterion 4

Apply skills to explore art elements, art principles, materials, techniques and processes that communicate individual ideas and demonstrate aesthetic qualities.

Evidence of exploration, development and refinement:

  • Millie’s use of materials, techniques and processes relevant to a range of approaches to printing is discussed in the exploration proposal.
  • Art elements and art principles are used to demonstrate aesthetic qualities relating to loneliness and isolation.
  • Throughout the visual diary, the application and refinement of skills in the use of materials, techniques and processes relevant to painting are evident.
  • Use of painting and printmaking materials, techniques and processes help to demonstrate aesthetic qualities and develop visual language.

Unit 3 – Outcome 2 – Criterion 4

Apply skills to explore art elements, art principles, materials, techniques and processes that communicate individual ideas and demonstrate aesthetic qualities.

Evidence of exploration, development and refinement:

  • Millie’s use of materials, techniques and processes relevant to a range of approaches to printing is discussed in the exploration proposal.
  • Art elements and art principles are used to demonstrate aesthetic qualities relating to loneliness and isolation.
  • Throughout the visual diary, the application and refinement of skills in the use of materials, techniques and processes relevant to painting are evident.
  • Use of painting and printmaking materials, techniques and processes help to demonstrate aesthetic qualities and develop visual language.

Unit 3 – Outcome 2 – Criterion 4

Apply skills to explore art elements, art principles, materials, techniques and processes that communicate individual ideas and demonstrate aesthetic qualities.

Evidence of exploration, development and refinement:

  • Millie’s use of materials, techniques and processes relevant to a range of approaches to printing is discussed in the exploration proposal.
  • Art elements and art principles are used to demonstrate aesthetic qualities relating to loneliness and isolation.
  • Throughout the visual diary, the application and refinement of skills in the use of materials, techniques and processes relevant to painting are evident.
  • Use of painting and printmaking materials, techniques and processes help to demonstrate aesthetic qualities and develop visual language.

Unit 3 – Outcome 2 – Criterion 5

Documentation of exploratory and developmental work in the studio process clarifies ideas to identify and evaluate potential directions.

Millie has presented an organised collection of exploratory and developmental work in a visual diary to progressively advance and elaborate upon the individual ideas explained in the exploration proposal and work plan.

Millie has identified and evaluated a range of potential directions to clarify and refine individual ideas in the studio process and concisely explain the development of future artworks.

Evidence of exploration, development and refinement:

  • Millie’s written and visual documentation includes research, trials and experiments relating to the ideas expressed in the exploration proposal and work plan.
  • Millie’s work is presented in a visual diary.
  • A range of potential directions are clearly numbered and titled and easily identified in the visual diary.
  • The visual diary is paginated and sometimes pages are dated.
  • At least two potential directions have been identified and evaluated using art terminology.

Unit 3 – Outcome 2 – Criterion 5

Documentation of exploratory and developmental work in the studio process clarifies ideas to identify and evaluate potential directions.

Evidence of exploration, development and refinement:

  • Millie’s written and visual documentation includes research, trials and experiments relating to the ideas expressed in the exploration proposal and work plan.
  • Millie’s work is presented in a visual diary.
  • A range of potential directions are clearly numbered and titled and easily identified in the visual diary.
  • The visual diary is paginated, and pages are dated.
  • At least two potential directions have been clearly identified and evaluated both on a proforma and in the visual diary using art terminology.

Unit 3 – Outcome 2 – Criterion 5

Documentation of exploratory and developmental work in the studio process clarifies ideas to identify and evaluate potential directions.

Evidence of exploration, development and refinement:

  • Millie’s written and visual documentation includes research, trials and experiments relating to the ideas expressed in the exploration proposal and work plan.
  • Millie’s work is presented in a visual diary.
  • A range of potential directions are clearly numbered and titled and easily identified in the visual diary.
  • The visual diary is paginated, and pages are dated.
  • At least two potential directions have been clearly identified and evaluated both on a proforma and in the visual diary using art terminology.

Unit 4 – Outcome 1 – Criterion 6

Use of selected and evaluated potential directions in the resolution of future artworks.

Potential directions have been considered and analysed to resolve ideas and subject matter that will lead to the cohesive refinement of art elements and principles, aesthetic qualities and materials and techniques in the development of one finished artwork.

Organised and succinct written and visual documentation considers and communicates planning for the resolution of one finished artwork. In Millie’s folio, two artworks have been developed as a response to Outcome 1 but this was not a requirement of the 2020 amended study design.

Evidence of resolution:

  • A brief written outline should be presented at the start of Unit 4 to explain the use of selected Potential Directions and how they will be used to resolve two artworks (This is not included in the word count for the evaluation for Unit 4, Outcome 2).
  • At least two potential directions are used as the basis for the resolution of the finished artwork that link to the exploration proposal. Millie has used potential direction #5 and #6 to develop artworks.
  • Documented planning for the resolution of finished artworks is presented for authentication purposes. This can be presented at the end of the Unit 3 Visual Diary or in another visual diary or folder clearly labelled Unit 4 Authentication Material.

Unit 4 – Outcome 1 – Criterion 6

Use of selected and evaluated potential directions in the resolution of future artworks.

Potential directions have been considered and analysed to resolve ideas and subject matter that will lead to the cohesive refinement of art elements and principles, aesthetic qualities and materials and techniques in the development of one finished artwork.

Organised and succinct written and visual documentation considers and communicates planning for the resolution of one finished artwork. In Millie’s folio, two artworks have been developed as a response to outcome one but this was not a requirement of the 2020 amended study design.

Evidence of resolution:

  • A brief written outline should be presented at the start of Unit 4 to explain the use of selected Potential Directions and how they will be used to resolve two artworks (This is not included in the word count for the evaluation for Unit 4, Outcome 2).
  • At least two potential directions are used as the basis for the resolution of the finished artwork that link to the exploration proposal. Millie has used potential direction #5 and #6 to develop artworks.
  • Documented planning for the resolution of finished artworks is presented for authentication purposes. This can be presented at the end of the Unit 3 Visual Diary or in another visual diary or folder clearly labelled Unit 4 Authentication Material.

Unit 4 – Outcome 1 – Criterion 6

Use of selected and evaluated potential directions in the resolution of future artworks.

Potential directions have been considered and analysed to resolve ideas and subject matter that will lead to the cohesive refinement of art elements and principles, aesthetic qualities and materials and techniques in the development of one finished artwork.

Organised and succinct written and visual documentation considers and communicates planning for the resolution of one finished artwork. In Millie’s folio, two artworks have been developed as a response to Outcome 1 but this was not a requirement of the 2020 amended study design.

Evidence of resolution:

  • A brief written outline should be presented at the start of Unit 4 to explain the use of selected Potential Directions and how they will be used to resolve two artworks (This is not included in the word count for the evaluation for Unit 4, Outcome 2).
  • At least two potential directions are used as the basis for the resolution of the finished artwork that link to the exploration proposal. Millie has used potential direction #5 and #6 to develop artworks.
  • Documented planning for the resolution of finished artworks is presented for authentication purposes. This can be presented at the end of the Unit 3 Visual Diary or in another visual diary or folder clearly labelled Unit 4 Authentication Material.

Unit 4 – Outcome 1 – Criterion 7

Use of selected and evaluated potential directions in the resolution of future artworks.

Potential directions have been considered and analysed to resolve ideas and subject matter that will lead to the cohesive refinement of art elements and principles, aesthetic qualities and materials and techniques in the development of one finished artwork.

Organised and succinct written and visual documentation considers and communicates planning for the resolution of one finished artwork. In Millie’s folio, two artworks have been developed as a response to Outcome 1 but this was not a requirement of the 2020 amended study design.

Evidence of resolution:

  • A brief written outline should be presented at the start of Unit 4 to explain the use of selected Potential Directions and how they will be used to resolve two artworks (This is not included in the word count for the evaluation for Unit 4, Outcome 2).
  • At least two potential directions are used as the basis for the resolution of the finished artwork that link to the exploration proposal. Millie has used potential direction #5 and #6 to develop artworks.
  • Documented planning for the resolution of finished artworks is presented for authentication purposes. This can be presented at the end of the Unit 3 Visual Diary or in another visual diary or folder clearly labelled Unit 4 Authentication Material.

Unit 4 – Outcome 1 – Criterion 8

Demonstration and resolution of aesthetic qualities in relation to the communication and realisation of ideas in at least two finished artworks.

Consistent and resolved aesthetic qualities to communicate individual ideas and interpret personal subject matter in at least two finished artworks.

Evidence of Resolution:

  • Resolution of aesthetic qualities and personal subject matter to communicate individual ideas in at least two finished artworks through the consistent and considered application of art elements and art principles.

Unit 4 – Outcome 1 – Criterion 9

Demonstration of the cohesive relationship between at least two finished artworks.

Criterion 9 is assessed based on the presentation of the artwork/s and the documentation of the exploration proposal and studio process. There must be a clear
development evident from Unit 3 to Unit 4.

Students who have used work produced in Unit 3, because they have been unable to develop new work in Unit 4 must demonstrate significant development of the artwork. These changes should be recorded in documentation along with the reasons for using Unit 3 work. In Millie’s case she was able to re shoot for images in Unit 4.

Consistent, cohesive, and unified relationships are established through the presentation of at least two finished artworks. In Millie’s case, two artworks have been presented in response to Outcome 1, but students only needed to do one for the 2020 study design.

The presentation of the artwork/s is linked to the exploration proposal and studio process by themes and ideas.

As referenced in the exploration proposal and work plan, the relationship is established by the depiction of subject matter, aesthetic qualities, and the application of materials, techniques, and processes.

Evidence of presentation:

  • The presentation of the artworks is linked by themes and ideas and subject matter. Millie has chosen to present two artworks for assessment although only one was required for the 2020 amended Study design.
  • As referenced in the exploration proposal and work plan, relationships in the artwork may be established through the depiction of subject matter and/or aesthetic qualities and/or application of materials, techniques and processes.
  • Millie has carefully considered the way the Prints are presented to enhance the overall cohesiveness of the artworks and emphasised their connectedness through the choice of subject matter, materials, techniques and aesthetic qualities.
  • Visual and written documentation about these decisions is presented in the Unit 4 Authentication Material.

Unit 4 – Outcome 2 – Criterion 10

Written documentation that evaluates and reflects on the studio process.

The evaluation uses considered art terminology to critique, reflect upon and justify the studio process selected and to clarify the presentation at least two finished artworks.

Evidence of Presentation:

  • The evaluation is in the range of 1000 – 1500 words.
  • The document includes visual references to the potential directions that form the basis of the two finished artworks.
  • Millie has clearly labelled each of the potential direction/s used to develop her individual artwork at the start of the evaluation document.
  • The evaluation must be presented at the end of the Unit 4 Authentication Material.

Unit 4 – Outcome 2 – Criterion 10

Written documentation that evaluates and reflects on the studio process.

The evaluation document must include the following:

  • Description of focus subject matter and ideas in at least two finished artworks.
  • Visual evidence of selected potential directions in at least two finished artworks.
  • Evaluation of the contribution of potential directions to the resolution of artworks.
  • Analysis of the realisation and communication of ideas in at least two finished artworks.
  • Evaluation of the resolution of materials, techniques and aesthetic qualities used to communicate ideas.
  • Evaluation of the presentation of at least one artwork.
  • The presentation of at least one finished artwork which may include a discussion of the space the artworks will be displayed, lighting, wall colour and arrangement or sequence of the artworks in the space through illustrations, diagrams, images or photograph. Millie decided to present her final artworks in two rows displayed together in this is discussed in the evaluation documentation.