Visual arts / Year 3 and 4

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Curriculum content descriptions

Explore ideas and artworks from different cultures and times, including artwork by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to use as inspiration for their own representations (ACAVAM110)

Elaborations
  • researching artworks of different styles and artists from different times and cultures to inspire their own representations in forms such as printmaking and drawing, and styles such as realistic or expressive
  • Considering viewpoints – meanings and interpretations: For example – What is this painting telling us about the past? How does the artwork use visual conventions to convey meaning? How did the artist work within a space, and at this time? How and why did they innovate their practice?
  • exploring ways to represent their ideas using visual conventions from different historical, social or cultural contexts
  • experimenting with visual conventions to create particular visual effects in representations
  • identifying and explaining choices in art making, including forms, styles and visual conventions in their artworks, and influences of other artists on their artworks
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Social settings (Narratives),  Cultural interaction,  Aboriginal art,  Torres Strait Islander art,  Regional art,  Visual arts

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