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Visual arts / Foundation to Year 2

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Curriculum content descriptions

Respond to visual artworks and consider where and why people make visual artworks, starting with visual artworks from Australia, including visual artworks of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (ACAVAR109)

Elaborations
  • identifying where they might experience art in their lives and communities, for example, keeping a diary of ‘art experiences’ and combining to create a class list and then discussing how visual artworks sustain and communicate cultural knowledge
  • Considering viewpoints – societies and cultures: For example – Where is this artwork from and why was it made? Who made the artworks? Where and how are they displayed?
  • identifying how design elements, such as line, shape, colour or texture, are used in their artworks and in the artwork of others
  • describing and interpreting representations in a selection of artworks, for example, considering the subject matter, styles and techniques of a selection of artworks, and how the artworks make them think and feel in response to the artists’ intentions
  • acknowledging the role of artist and audience as they start to interpret meaning in artworks
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Audiences,  Aboriginal art,  Australian art,  Torres Strait Islander art,  Visual arts

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Chinese New Year

This is an online module consisting of teacher notes, three stimulus resources and student activities that explore Chinese New Year. The teacher notes provide background information about Chinese New Year activities in the People's Republic of China and around the world, additional online resources and pedagogical advice. ...

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Keepsake

This is a resource about creating art inspired by personal memory or emotion, with a particular focus on sculpture. It features a video of sculptor Lucy Irvine demonstrating the technique to create a keepsake sculpture inspired by 'Sweeney's keepsake', 1987, by Les Kossatz. The resource includes three activity templates; ...

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NGV Asian art

This is a series of PDF and multimedia resources that illustrate and interpret examples of Asian art. Intended primarily for teachers of Foundation through to year 10, the series consists of c.45 two-page PDFs with text and images that include paintings, ceramics, textiles, and sculptures, and 11 multimedia resources that ...

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Expressing emotions through Art

This unit focuses on feelings depicted or expressed in works of art. Children make personal connections with works of art that express themes of caring and study how artists use art principles such as space, line, shape, and color to express mood and meaning. Each lesson encourages children to express thoughts and feelings ...

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Festivals of Japan

This is an online module consisting of teacher notes, three stimulus resources and student activities that explore some of the Japanese festivals. The teacher notes provide background information about Japan and its festivals, additional online resources and classroom activities. The stimulus resources consist of a table ...

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Through a child's eye: an especially joyous exhibition of mandalas

This is a presentation of seven slides displaying a small exhibition of children's stories, related drawings and background information about mandalas. The stories and drawings illustrate selected fables as an expression of Buddhist teachings. The presentation was created as a result of an art project to commemorate the ...

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Bob Burruwal and Lena Yarinkura, 'Wyarra family group', 2010

This is a sculpture by Rembarrnga artist Bob Burruwal (b1952) and Rembarrnga/Kune artist Lena Yarinkura (b1948) depicting spirit figures - male and female, young and old - standing near their camp dog. The sculpture is shown as an enlargeable image. This work was exhibited as a part of the second National Indigenous Art ...

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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 ...

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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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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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Visual art starters: painting the music - item 1 of 2

This is an online resource that focuses on using music to inspire drawing and painting. It contains a video featuring teacher of visual arts and performing arts Cat Sewell providing a guide to painting to music; two activity sheets; a template for framing the painting; and teacher notes that include extension activities ...

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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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TrackSAFE Education Primary School Resources: Foundation, Year 1, Year 2 The Arts

This unit uses the idea of track safe behaviours as the stimulus for Arts activities including the lines on a platform to explore artworks that use line as medium; dramatising safe behaviours through role play; and exploring sounds and music associated with trains in order to compose and perform music that simulates a train ...

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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, ...

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Scarecrow dancing

Students explore dance through scarecrow images and movements. They engage in creative play and create simple images.

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Dinosaur dig

Students learn about the world of dinosaurs through creative arts. They explore elements of dance to develop coordination skills through movement and actions, as well as music and drama to create characters. They also create a dinosaur themed artwork.

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Colour my world

Colour my world is a unit of work that can be completed by students of all ages. It incorporates activities from the Dancing with D’Arts resource created specifically for students with disabilities. This lesson Is on colour theory.

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Chicken challenge

Learn to use two-dimensional shapes to create a chicken artwork.

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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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Through the gate

This resource embeds the use of online collaboration tools and 21st century learning skills to support students across Stage 2 English and creative arts (visual arts). It presents students with a real-world challenge to create a class picture book and organise a launch event for the book. Students work collaboratively to ...