Visual arts / Year 3 and 4

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Curriculum content descriptions

Use materials, techniques and processes to explore visual conventions when making artworks (ACAVAM111)

Elaborations
  • selecting and experimenting with forms, styles, materials and technologies to explore symbolic use of visual conventions used by various cultures and times, for example, how colour and pattern are perceived as symbolic in different cultures
  • Considering viewpoints – societies and cultures: For example – What clues in the artwork tell you where it was made, who made it, and why? What artworks are you familiar with? Which style of artworks represents your community?
  • experimenting with alternative styles of representation from different cultures and times in their artworks, for example, realistic, symbolic, narrative, abstract
  • Considering viewpoints – materials and technologies: For example – What is the artwork made of? How does the choice of material enhance the audience’s understanding of the artist’s intention? Can you develop your ideas using different materials?
  • practising a variety of techniques and use various technologies to find different ways of interpreting a theme and/or subject matter, for example, making a simple animation or storybook
  • manipulating and experimenting with combinations of various materials and technologies to create predictable effects, for example, using crosshatching to create tone or design elements to focus attention in a composition
  • Considering viewpoints – materials and technologies: For example – What is the artwork made of? How does the choice of material enhance the audience’s understanding of the artist’s intention? Can you develop your ideas using different materials?
  • applying art and design techniques effectively and safely, such as modelling and joining clay, marbling on paper, designing and printing a pattern
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Composition (Visual arts),  Art materials

Teacher resource

Visual art starters: portray yourself

This is a resource about portraits and portraiture. It begins with a video featuring actor Keith Brockett discussing portraiture in general and three portraits in the National Gallery of Victoria in particular. The resource centres on four teacher-guided learning activities: Exploring faces; Proportions of the face; Face ...

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Visual storytelling

This is an online resource about how stories can be represented visually by creating storybooks using natural materials and by sharing stories through 'talking circles', following traditions of Aboriginal cultures. It features two videos of storyteller Zelda Quakawoot outlining the process of creating a storybook, four ...

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Visual art starters: hand drawings - item 2 of 2

This is an online resource that guides students through the process of creating individual hand drawings and bringing them together to create a collaborative artwork. It contains a video featuring teacher of visual arts and performing arts Cat Sewell outlining the steps involved; three activity sheets; and teacher notes ...

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The Art and Science of Impressionist Color

In this sequence of lessons, students will learn about the Impressionist painters' use of colour and how it connected to early-19th-century scientific theories about colour. They will explore combinations of primary and secondary colours, experiment creating secondary colours, and create a landscape using complementary colours.

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Create a simulated woodblock print

This is a set of instructions demonstrating the procedure for making a simulated Japanese woodblock print. The list of 10 instructions is supported by multimedia resources showing examples of the artform popularised in the 19th century by the Japanese artists Hokusai and Hiroshige. These artists focused on printing images ...

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Cross-cultural activities: celebration of culture

This is a set of seven pedagogical activities based on the Museum of Queensland's online learning resource 'Celebration of culture'. The activities include: a science and technology activity - Raising silkworms; a visual arts activity - Making a Chinese dragon; a literature activity - reading the poem The silkworms; a music ...

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Wayang puppet plays

This is an online module consisting of teacher notes, three stimulus resources and student activities that explore wayang kulit puppetry and performances. The teacher notes provide background information about wayang puppetry and performances, additional online resources and pedagogical advice. The stimulus resources consist ...

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Bunraku puppetry

This is an online module consisting of teacher notes, three stimulus resources and student activities that explore Bunraku puppets and performances. The teacher notes provide background information about Bunraku puppetry, additional online resources and pedagogical advice. The stimulus resources consist of background information, ...

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Activity: energy saving devices

This is a web resource about the symbols used on appliances and devices to indicate energy saving and energy rating. It provides a teacher guide and a student activity that prompts the student to carry out internet searches for images using the search terms 'energy saving' and 'energy rating' and to compare the results ...

Interactive Resource

NGAkids Art Zone - iTunes app

Explore eight interactive activities inspired by works in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington USA. Investigate visual conventions and understand more about design elements and principles through artistic play. A range of portrait, landscape, still-life and abstract paintings.Free when reviewed 26/5/2015.

Teacher resource

Arts-POP: arts packages of practice

This website provides infrastructure and material to support teachers in the classroom teaching of the arts curriculum in primary school. It contains units in all the arts subjects: Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts; and each of these units has a selection of supportive material that may include demonstration ...

Still Image

Indigenous Australian collection

This federated search from the QAGOMA database features a selection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks from the collection. The searchable database provides artwork images, background information about the artist and the artwork, a map of major Indigenous regions in Australia, classroom activities, a glossary ...

Teacher resource

Arts-POP: visual arts

This is a unit containing material to help teachers plan and implement a visual arts program called 'Abstractable me' that looks at creating and responding to abstract art in primary art lessons. It describes a visual arts program implemented in a year 5 class that involved students investigating the life and work of Pablo ...

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Yolngu sea country: painting on bark

This is a resource about the importance of painting on bark for the Yolngu people of the coastal region of north-east Arnhem Land. It consists of explanatory text, an illustration, a short video, and related links. The text explains that painting is an expression of the Law for Country, and says where the barks, paints ...

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Australian collection

This database features a selection of Australian artworks from QAGOMA. The searchable database provides artwork images, background information about the artist and the artwork, classroom activities, a glossary of key terms and curriculum alignment information for teachers. Search results can be refined by theme, period, ...

Interactive Resource

Destination modern art

This is an interactive resource that focuses on a visit to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) with an alien character to explore selected two-dimensional and three-dimensional exhibits by famous artists including Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Polly Apfelbaum, Romare Bearden and Umberto Boccioni. By selecting artworks visitors ...

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'An Australian fjord'

This is a large oil painting, measuring 124.5 cm x 88.7 cm, and painted by W C Piguenit (1836-1914) between 1899 and 1901. A mist has just lifted, revealing a sweeping panorama, all slick and shiny and wet in the early morning light. Beyond a foreground of rocks and tangled vegetation, a mirror-smooth river runs off into ...

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TrackSAFE Education Primary School Resources: Year 3, Year 4 The Arts

This unit uses various arts practices as the stimuli for exploring the safety message of Stop, Look, Listen, Think. Students create woven artworks to incorporate safety messages; they collaboratively develop a play about safety; and explore rap as a music form and combined with dance convey a safety message in a performance.