Visual arts / Year 3 and 4

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Curriculum content descriptions

Identify intended purposes and meanings of artworks using visual arts terminology to compare artworks, starting with visual artworks in Australia including visual artworks of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (ACAVAR113)

Elaborations
  • identifying meaning and describing subject matter and form in artworks from different social, cultural or historical contexts
  • Considering viewpoints – societies, cultures and histories: For example – What clues in the artwork tell us where it was made, who made it, and why? What artworks are you familiar with? Which style of artwork represents your community? What are the people in the painting doing? Can you draw what you did on Australia Day?
  • comparing artworks made for different reasons, using appropriate visual conventions, and identifying possible differences in interpretations, for example, comparing contemporary representations of locations in their community with representations by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists
  • examining public art in their community and comparing it to other artwork commemorating different people, times and cultures
  • writing about and discussing with others the meaning of their own artworks
  • Considering viewpoints – evaluations: For example – Did you enjoy looking at the artwork? Why? Which artwork do you like the most? Explain why you like it. What artworks do you like to make, and why? Compare these buildings and their relationship with the environment, e.g. the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Kyoto
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

Settings (Narratives),  Artistic purpose,  Aboriginal art,  Australian art,  Torres Strait Islander art,  Visual arts

Moving Image

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 ...

Collection

Lives and stories of colonial women

These are the stories of five different Colonial women, Trukanini, Theresa Sutcliffe Mort, Mary Windeyer, Caroline Chisholm and Lola Montez. Hear their stories and look at their portraits at the National Portrait Gallery.

Teacher resource

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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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 ...

Still Image

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, 'Bushfire II', 1972

This is a painting by Anmatyerr artist Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri depicting the ancestral narrative of Lungkata the Blue-Tongued Lizard, who punished his two sons because they had broken the law by eating the sacred kangaroo. The painting is shown as an enlargeable image and in a video. Text onscreen gives information ...

Image

Meet Margaret Preston

This is a PDF resource that focuses on the artworks of South Australian artist Margaret Preston (1875-1963), based on an exhibition that showed in major cities across Australia. It includes 12 pages of information with 11 images or partial images of Preston's artworks, such as paintings, prints, pottery and textiles, that ...

Still Image

Alexander Schramm, 'Adelaide, a tribe of natives on the banks of the River Torrens', 1850

This is a painting made in 1850 by Australian colonial artist Alexander Schramm depicting Kaurna people, sheltering under gum trees in Adelaide parkland. The painting is shown as an enlargeable image and in a video. Text onscreen gives information on Schramm’s life and practice as he is known for his sympathetic representation ...

Still Image

Unknown artist, 'Shell necklace', c1920

This is a shell necklace (c1920) made by an unknown Aboriginal artist from the Tasmanian region of Cape Barren Island. The necklace is shown as an enlargeable image and in a video. Text onscreen gives information about the history and importance of shell necklaces, representative of much more than simple decorative art. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Teacher resource

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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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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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.

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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 ...

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 ...

Still Image

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 ...

Teacher resource

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 ...