HSC & IB Programs

Following the HSC/IB art syllabus students are guided in their theoretical practice & creative exploration in their Visual Art Diary or journal, their personal artistic development and completion of their major body of work. Arts Cool Double Bay excels at nurturing the students productive creative output, creating organised, stress free students, while having fun.

Our student’s art is regularly exhibited in Art Express. Art Express is an annual exhibition of exemplary artworks created by students for the Higher School Certificate examination in Visual Arts. The works represent a broad range of subject matter, approaches, styles and media and shows the high standards and diversity achieved by Year 12 Visual Arts students in New South Wales schools.

The two hour classes are held on a Saturday afternoon from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm. A diverse range of quality materials & light refreshments are provided during the session. There is a limit of 10 students per class. The classes fill quickly so please call 9362 0780 to confirm your place.

Before committing to a term, pay only for one class $90.

The Visual Arts are an integral part of everyday life, permeating all levels of human creativity, expression, communication and understanding.

They range from traditional forms embedded in local and wider communities, societies and cultures, to the varied and divergent practices associated with new, emerging and contemporary forms of visual language. They may have sociopolitical impact as well as ritual, spiritual, decorative and functional value; they can be persuasive and subversive in some instances, enlightening and uplifting in others. We celebrate the visual arts not only in the way we create images and objects, but also in the way we appreciate, enjoy, respect and respond to the practices of art-making by others from around the world. Theories and practices in visual arts are dynamic and ever-changing, and connect many areas of knowledge and human experience through individual and collaborative exploration, creative production and critical interpretation.

Double Bay Art School Students at work

The IB Program or HSC visual arts course encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers. In addition to exploring and comparing visual arts from different perspectives and in different contexts, students are expected to engage in, experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media. The course is designed for students who want to go on to study visual arts in higher education as well as for those who are seeking lifelong enrichment through visual arts.

Supporting the International Baccalaureate mission statement or the HSC Board of Studies Syllabus, both courses encourage students to actively explore the visual arts within and across a variety of local, regional, national, international and intercultural contexts. Through inquiry, investigation, reflection and creative application, visual arts students develop an appreciation for the expressive and aesthetic diversity in the world around them, becoming critically informed makers and consumers of visual culture.

HSC Visual  Art Course Requirements: A focus on more interpretive investigations and relationships through the content of practice, conceptual framework, the development of a body of work & the use of a process diary as well as the investigation of content through at least 5 case studies in art criticism and art history.

Assessment School-based assessment:Development of the body of work (50%)art criticism and art history (50%)

Assessment School-based assessment: development of the body of work (50%)art criticism and art history (50%)External examination: Submission of a body of work (50%) & written paper (50%). 

IB Visual Art Course Requirement: A focus on more interpretive investigations and relationships through the content of theoretical, curatorial & art-making practice ,the development of a body of work & the exploration of methods, context & communication in the visual arts.

Task 1: Comparative study,  External assessment tasks – Students analyse and compare different artworks by different artists. This independent critical and contextual investigation explores artworks, objects and artifacts from differing cultural contexts.

SL: Compare at least 3 different artworks, by at least 2 different artists, with commentary over 10–15 pages.  20%

HL/ SL: plus a reflection on the extent to which their work and practices have been influenced by any of the art/artists examined (3–5 pages). 20%

Task 2: Process portfolio – Students submit carefully selected materials which evidence their experimentation, exploration, manipulation and refinement of a variety of visual arts activities during the two-year course.

SL: 9–18 pages. The submitted work should be in at least two different art-making forms.  40%

HL: 13–25 pages. The submitted work should be in at least three different art-making forms.  40%

Task 3: Exhibition, Internal assessment task – Students submit for assessment a selection of resolved artworks from their exhibition. The selected pieces should show evidence of their technical accomplishment during the visual arts course and an understanding of the use of materials, ideas and practices appropriate to visual communication.

SL: 4–7 pieces with exhibition text for each. A curatorial rationale (400 words maximum).   40%

HL: 8–11 pieces with exhibition text for each. A curatorial rationale (700 words maximum)  40%