Visual arts / Year 7 and 8

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Curriculum content descriptions

Analyse how artists use visual conventions in artworks (ACAVAR123)

Elaborations
  • visiting and critiquing a physical or virtual exhibition of art, craft or design, and reviewing how artists have used visual conventions in their artworks
  • critically analysing an artist’s intention for an artwork and their use of visual conventions
  • presenting an informed opinion about a display of artworks as a written review, referring to previous and subsequent works by the same artist/group of artists
  • Considering viewpoints – cultures: For example – How do artists from different cultures represent the concepts of Place/Country? Compare examples of street art found in Australia to street art from another country.
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Composition (Visual arts)

Teacher resource

Making a mask - item 1 of 3

This is an online resource that focuses on how to make a mask. It contains a video featuring mask-maker and performer Fleur Hockey demonstrating how to make a papier-mache mask, three activity sheets, a template for designing the mask, and teacher notes that include extension activities and activities for other learning ...

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Water

This is a PDF resource that focuses on the theme of water in Australian artworks, featuring 15 different artworks using various mediums. Each page includes an image, description and context of the artwork, and information about the artist, as well as specific focus questions or key statements that prompt a response to the ...

Teacher resource

Art exhibition

This resource is an online unit of work found on the Australian Government’s Intellectual Property(IP) website in the ‘IP In Schools’ section. The unit contains four worksheets (available in both PDF and RTF) that focus on an imaginary exhibition of six works by Henri Matisse, although teachers may select any artist to ...

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Hans Heysen: 'The saplings', 1904

This resource includes an enlargeable image of the painting 'The saplings' by Hans Heysen and catalogue information about the painting. There is also a video with audio commentary and corresponding onscreen text that provides an interpretation of the painting and information about the artist's views. The painting pays homage ...

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Imants Tillers: 'Terra incognita', 2005

This resource includes an enlargeable image and catalogue information about the large-format painting 'Terra incognita' by Imants Tillers (1950-). Included is a video with audio commentary on the artist's career and his artwork. The commentary is also provided as text on the web page. The painting's title means 'unknown ...

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Sidney Nolan: 'Ned Kelly', 1946

This web page focuses on Sidney Nolan's famous Ned Kelly series of paintings held by the National Gallery of Australia including links to a gallery of enlargeable images, a primary education resource and a lesson plan with interactive resource for Years 5 and 6. The webpage also includes a video with audio commentary about ...

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), ...

Teacher resource

William Dobell: sketchbooks

This is a resource about renowned Australian artist William Dobell (1899-1970) and the role drawings played in the creation of his portraits. The resource revolves around a video clip of Betty Churcher, the former director of the National Gallery of Australia outlining Dobell's life in the period 1929 to 1948 and demonstrating ...

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Tom Roberts' 'Bailed up'

This is a resource about the iconic Australian painting 'Bailed up', 1895, by Tom Roberts. It revolves around a video clip from the National treasures series that features cartoonist Warren Brown and art gallery curator Barry Pearce and describes when and how the painting was created and how it was nearly destroyed. The ...

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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, ...

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New photography 2010

This resource focuses on presenting the works of four contemporary photographic artists whose works are based on images presented in print media and cinema. The four artists, Roe Ethridge, Elad Lassry, Alex Prager and Amanda Ross-Ho, all respond in different ways to media images: Ethridge borrows images already in circulation; ...

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MoMA: exhibitions and collections

This resource is a portal that provides an entrance point to the wide range of online and physical collections and exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. The collection includes close to 8,000 artists and over 45,000 works that are available online and categorised into: Architecture and design; Prints ...

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Shane Cotton: 'Three-quarter view', 2005

This resource includes an enlargeable image and catalogue information about the painting, 'Three-quarter view', by Shane Cotton (b1965, New Zealand). Included is a video with audio commentary on the artist's ideas and symbolism for his artwork. The commentary is also provided as text on the web page. The painting highlights ...

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What is modern art?

In the late nineteenth century a group of artists emerged in Europe to challenge traditional genres and create new movements and styles. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) website provides a introduction to the works and artists who changed the concept of what is 'art' and introduced new subjects, materials, mediums and techniques ...

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Fred Williams: 'Upwey landscape', 1965-66

This resource includes an enlargeable image and catalogue information about the painting 'Upwey landscape' by Fred Williams (1927-82). Included is a video with audio commentary on the artist's ideas and how he developed his abstract landscapes. The commentary is also provided as text on the web page. The painting represents ...

Interactive Resource

Indigenous Australian: Art Gallery of NSW - iTunes app

Explore a selection of artists and artworks from the Art Gallery of New South Wales' collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. Contains images, background information on the artists and their art, and some audio curator insights and video interviews. Artworks are from 1990s to 2010s. Free when reviewed 26/5/2015.

Teacher resource

Making games

This resource is a 13-page web-based slide show on ‘Making Games’ from the arts section of the ‘Asia Kids Society’ website. The slide show features images of board games invented in Asia with accompanying descriptions. The slide show explores various ancient games, including: The Gingerbread Baby Board Game, The Game of ...

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Media and Performance Art

Since the early 20th century, artists have been incorporating such non-traditional forms as dance, music, and their own actions into their art. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) website provides a introduction to the genre and explores the works by artisits in the collection. It provides a collection of downloadable slide ...

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Howard Taylor: 'No horizon', 1994

This resource includes an enlargeable image and catalogue information about the painting 'No horizon' by Howard Taylor (1918-2001). Included is a video with audio commentary interpreting the painting, its style and meaning, and information about the artist's career. Additional information about his ideas and method of working ...

Interactive Resource

Contemporary: Art Gallery of NSW - iTunes app

Explore a selection of artists and artworks from the contemporary collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, including the John Kaldor Family collection. Contains images, background information on the artists and their art, and some audio curator insights and video interviews. Artworks are from 1960s to 2010s. Free ...