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A Practice-Based Painting Schema for Visual Art Years 7-10


This schema aims to give students a handle on an exploratory painting practice that encompasses not just traditional methods and media associated with painting, but also more contemporary approaches, some of which do not utilise what we think of as “paint” at all. Working from Dewey (1938)’s notion of “play”, this schema will allow for experimentation, discovery and the development of students’ creativity and critical thinking skills.

Overarching Structure

Year 7-8 – Absence/ Presence

  • Building a Material Practice

  • Reflecting Upon a Material Practice

  • Colour making and exploring

  • Types of paints, surfaces and painting without using paint


Year 9-10 – Flow

  • Refining Painting Techniques

  • Drawing with paint

  • Sculpting with paint

  • Collage and paint

Overarching Outcomes

  • Development of Critical Thinking

  • Development of Visual Literacy

  • Development of Practice and Reflection Based Research

  • Development of Painting Practice

Years 7-8

Absence/ Presence ~ Silence/ Noise ~ Form/ Formless

Students will investigate the materiality of paint while exploring the themes of absence and presence, sound and silence, form and formlessness through the following:




Mixing Media

Paint outside of the gallery/ studio

Gerhard Richter, 'Forest 3' ('Wald 3'), 1990

Years 9-10

Flow ~ Evolve ~ Allow

Students will work to investigate ways in which painting can move beyond the boundaries of traditional methods and media. Activities and areas will include:

Drawing with paint 

Digital Painting

Sculpting with paint

Performance and installation with paint

Yoko Ono, Action Painting

Milo Moiré, Plop Egg, 2014

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