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Visual arts / Foundation to Year 2

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Curriculum content descriptions

Create and display artworks to communicate ideas to an audience (ACAVAM108)

Elaborations
  • sharing ideas with their classmates about the representational choices they made in their artwork
  • talking about ideas such as themes when displaying artworks, for example, at the local gallery or in their classroom
  • Considering viewpoints – meanings and interpretations: For example – What did this artwork or design make you think about and why? What figures/shapes can you see in the artwork? How has the artist treated the figures/shapes to convey their idea or meaning?
  • making a decision about how to display their artwork to share their ideas
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
ScOT terms

Composition (Visual arts),  Symbols,  Art genres

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Bear and Chook by the Sea

This learning object is designed around a series of videos with Lisa Shanahan, author, and Emma Quay, illustrator, including a reading experience of their collaborative work, Bear and Chook by the Sea. Taken as a whole, this sequence of lessons is a Stage 1 unit of work that results in students working in pairs to produce ...

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Dyeing eggs at Easter time

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Birds and totems

Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian man Bruce Pascoe shares his delight in encountering birds on Country. Bruce explains the significance of Umburra, or black duck, and his obligation to care for the species. Bruce explains that his brothers and sisters look after other animals, such as kangaroos, bream, wallabies, flathead and ...

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Easter symbols

What comes to your mind when you think of Easter? You may have known that some of the traditions we currently enjoy around Easter holidays have their roots in religion, but did you know some may have their roots in pagan traditions? This video explains what some Easter symbols mean and how they came about.

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Imagery: the key to an effective poem

Close your eyes and picture a simple key. What does it mean to you? Many poems are structured around a single extended metaphor, an image that the poet returns to throughout their work, developing it into a rich and complex symbol. In this lyrical and emotive poem, Martin Ingle turns the deceptively simple image of a key ...

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Ready, steady, cook … park

Is there a place in your neighbourhood that is special to you, or that you visit regularly? See if you can create a report about this place, the way the reporter in this clip has done about Cook Park in Orange, NSW.

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Meet illustrator Andrew Joyner

Andrew Joyner is an illustrator (and sometimes author) of children’s books. Watch this clip and find out why he loves drawing elephants so much. What techniques does he use to build his drawings? What materials and tools does he use to create his illustrations? Andrew describes the way he works with a designer and publisher ...

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Surrealist art: weird and wonderful

Surrealist art began in the early part of the 20th century. Artists and writers used dreams, their fears or the unconscious mind as inspiration for their artwork. In this clip, find out more about surrealism and its influence on artists of the past and of today.

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Sydney: lighting the way for art

See the Sydney Harbour Bridge lit up like a rainbow and the Sydney Opera House become a canvas for a brilliant light display. During the annual Vivid Sydney event the city's iconic architecture and places are illuminated in a spectacular lightshow.

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'The artist is the man': Picasso, the exhibition

A life of art is explored in an exhibition on Picasso at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2011-12. Curator Anne Baldassari discusses Pablo Picasso, one of the most famous and influential artists of the 20th century, focusing on the artist himself. Over his lifetime Picasso explored many styles and techniques in his work.

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The Birds

Sobrane is a visual artist who lives in Broome, Western Australia. Listen as she explains why she likes using charcoal and spray paint to create her work. What does she say about the relationship between the birds she creates in her art and the people she sees around her?

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Creature sculptures rise from the scrap heap

Coolah sculptor David Sherlock brings scrap metal back to life in the form of amazing animals, birds and insects.

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Morning star poles tell an artistic story

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It's all about me: Picasso

Is Pablo Picasso the artist who defined the 20th century? Edmund Capon thinks so. He also describes Picasso's work as highly autobiographical. As a former director of the Art Gallery of NSW for 33 years, Capon knows about art! So what can Picasso's paintings tell us about Picasso the man?

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Michael Leunig's duck: a conversation

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World War I: the dead man's penny

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What's so special about graphic novels?

Graphic novels are a contemporary literary phenomenon. But what sets them apart from other forms of narrative, such as novels or films? Explore the unique features of the graphic novel in this discussion with some of Australia's most successful graphic novelists. This clip is one in a series of four.

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Images and symbols for quick, persuasive power

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Alexander Dick: 'Tea service' c. 1828

Alexander Dick was one of the few professional silversmiths operating in Sydney Town in the 1820s. He immigrated to Sydney in 1824 as a free settler; however, he was later convicted of receiving stolen silver and was shipped to Norfolk Island for four years, an Island owned by the British at this time off the coast of the ...

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'The Rajah quilt' 1841

The Rajah quilt was made by female convicts on route from England to the colony of Tasmania in 1841. It consists of 2815 pieces of fabric and was presented to the Governor's wife upon arrival as a testament to the women's industry. The women learned these skills on the long journey to Australia on board their convict ship ...