Visual arts / Year 9 and 10

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Curriculum content descriptions

Conceptualise and develop representations of themes, concepts or subject matter to experiment with their developing personal style, reflecting on the styles of artists, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists (ACAVAM125)

  • developing representations by combining and adapting materials, techniques, technologies and art making processes
  • exploring and applying ideas inspired by the style of other artists in their own artworks
  • exploring and reflecting on the connections between their own artworks and artworks from different contexts, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks, for example, maintaining a reflective journal of their developing artwork
  • experimenting with digital and virtual technologies in their artworks to enhance intended meaning
  • Considering viewpoints – societies and cultures: For example – Can you understand and explain why the artist has developed their representation in this way? How can you represent homelessness in a way that is globally recognised?
  • conceptualising how visual conventions can represent ideas in their artwork
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Aboriginal art,  Torres Strait Islander art,  Symbolism (Art movements),  Art themes

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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 ...

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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, ...

Teacher resource

Funfair high

This is a resource about how art can be used to convey different ideas about the personal, social and historical significance of the built environment, using a school building as the basis in a redesign as a theme park. The resource features a video of sculptor Callum Morton discussing the inspiration for his artwork 'Ghost ...

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Video glossary: art terms in action

This resource focuses on defining common art terms that relate to Abstract Expressionism and to painting in general through video demonstrations that show each of the terms demonstrated by an artist at work in their studio. It presents six different art terms including Paint, Viscosity, Palette knife, Emulsion, Enamel, ...

Teacher resource

Inge King Sculptor

This is a resource about sculptor Inge King who has produced many of Australia’s most striking monumental public sculptures in the last decades of the 20th century and early 21st century. It revolves around a video clip in which she outlines stages and turning-points in her career and her life-long commitment to art, illustrated ...


Patricia Piccinini

This is a PDF resource that focuses on the artworks of artist Patricia Piccinini, based on the exhibition 'Patricia Piccinini: Once upon a time ...' at the Art Gallery of South Australia (2011), and explores themes such as biodiversity and biotechnology. It comprises 28 pages and includes background information on the artist, ...

Teacher resource

The Godfrey shawl

This is a resource about two visual arts works from 19th-century India: an embroidered shawl from Kashmir showing a map of Srinagar and a painting on cotton titled 'Maharana Jawan Singh hunting' from Mewar. The resource revolves around a video clip of Betty Churcher, the former director of the National Gallery of Australia, ...

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High-tech art (with a sense of humour): Aparna Rao

This is a video in which artist Aparna Rao speaks about eight artworks she and her collaborator Sieren Pors have created. The objects and installations she describes and illustrates, often in their prototype phase, include 'Uncle phone', a golden typewriter that sends emails, 'The pygmies', 'The missing person', 'Sun shadow', ...

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Sharing stories: community

This is a rich resource about the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' communities and identities. It consists of an introduction; a teacher guide; a film, 'My people, the Karajarri people', made by Wynston Shoveller about the Mowla Bluff massacre in the Kimberley region in 1916; and a video interview ...


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 ...


Exploring traditional and contemporary Aboriginal Visual Arts

Teachers can explore the diverse range of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal visual arts through this unique online resource portal. Investigate the work of peak Aboriginal arts corporations, protocols and online collections of some of Australia’s leading cultural institutions.

Interactive Resource

The Orb

The Orb is a collection of multimedia learning resources about Tasmanian Aboriginal histories and cultures. It explores the interconnections between people, Country, culture, identity, and the living community. The multimedia resources have between three and five sections in which Tasmanian Aboriginal people share their ...

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Milingimbi Easter panel, mid-1960s

This is a painting by several leading artists of the Gupapuyngu clan of the Yolngu people depicting the crucifixion of Christ on the right, and his resurrection on the left. The painting is shown as an enlargeable image and in a video. Text onscreen gives contextual information about the Methodist mission established on ...


Yolngu sea country: turtle waters

This is a painting titled 'Rirratjingu at Dhambaliya' by Yolngu artist Dhuwarrwarr Marika showing the rocks, reefs, currents and animals of the sea between Dhambaliya (Bremer Island) and the mainland of north-east Arnhem Land. The painting, which can be enlarged and zoomed, incorporates the distinctive designs ('miny'tji') ...


Aboriginal artefacts from north-western New South Wales, 19th century

This is a collection of 19th-century Aboriginal artefacts from north-western NSW, consisting of one unusual parrying shield, one rare lil-lil club, three incised boomerangs and two fluted fighting clubs.

Teacher resource

Abstract Expressionism

Abstract Expressionism is an art movement that developed in America after World War II. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) website provides a introduction to the genre, major artists and the materials and processes they used in painting and sculpture. It provides a collection of downloadable slide shows of artworks (in PowerPoint), ...


Abo history (facts) [Aboriginal history (facts)], 1988

This is a painting by Ngaku/Dunghutti artist Robert Campbell Jr presenting an Aboriginal version of Australian history in 12 cartoon-like frames. It was commissioned for the National Aboriginal Art Award in 1988 during Australia's bicentenary of colonisation. The title, chosen by the artist, includes the derogatory term ...


Djarrwark ga Dhalwanu, 1998

This is one of 80 bark paintings in the Saltwater Collection, created by artists of the Yolgnu people of north-east Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. These works highlight the issue of Indigenous land and sea rights and use sacred art to inform balanda (non-Indigenous people) of Aboriginal land ownership, in order ...


Yolngu sea country: a map of the sea

This is a bark painting titled 'Djarrwak ga Dhalwangu' by Dhalwangu clan Elder Garwirrin Gamana showing the sacred nature of sea country around the mouth of the Baraltja River in north-east Arnhem Land. The painting, which can be enlarged and zoomed, incorporates representations of the lightning snake Mundukul and the creation ...

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Danie Mellor, 'Culture warriors', 2007

This is a mixed media artwork by Mamu/Ngagen/Ngajan artist Danie Mellor (b1971), presenting two fighting kangaroos in the foreground of a ‘traditional’ fine bone china scene. The drawing/collage is shown as an enlargeable image. It was exhibited in the 2008 travelling exhibition of the first National Indigenous Art Triennial, ...