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)

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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 ...

Moving Image

InsideArt: street art

This is an album of five videos which focus on street art. Michel Lawrence interviews Nils Westergard, an American street artist who works with stencils; Ian Strange, an Australian artist working internationally who combines elements of street art with film and photography technologies; and collaborative team DabsMyla, ...

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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; ...

Teacher resource

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 ...

Moving Image

InsideArt: portraiture

This is an album of four videos which focus on the art of portraiture. Writer and presenter Michel Lawrence interviews Stuart Purves, Director of Australian Galleries, about the significance of the portrait in capturing the human condition. He also interviews three artists about their work: Peter Wegner who has painted ...

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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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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 ...

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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 ...

Teacher resource

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 ...

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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Sidney Nolan: 'Ned Kelly', 1946

This resource includes an enlargeable image of the painting 'Ned Kelly' by Sidney Nolan and catalogue information about the painting. This is one painting in a series of 27 abstract paintings, each capturing a selected incident in the story of the iconic Kelly gang. There is also a video with audio commentary about the ...

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), ...

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Tony Tuckson: 'Watery', 1960

This resource includes an enlargeable image and catalogue information about the painting 'Watery, by Tony Tuckson (1927-73). Included is a video with audio commentary on the artist's career and ideas for his abstract-expressionist landscape. the commentary is provided as text on the web page. The painter employed a gestural ...

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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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Tony Tuckson: 'White over red and blue', c1971

This resource includes an enlargeable image and catalogue information about the painting 'White over red and blue' by Tony Tuckson (1927-73). Included is a video with audio commentary about the artist, his ideas and his process of painting. Additional information about the abstract-expressionist landscape is provided by ...

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Ian Fairweather: 'Monastery', 1961

This resource includes an enlargeable image of the painting 'Monastery' by Ian Fairweather 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 abstract painting ...

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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Sidney Nolan: 'Kiata', c1943

This resource includes an enlargeable image of the painting 'Kiata' by Sidney Nolan 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 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.

Interactive Resource

Rally: contemporary Indonesian art

This resource focuses on the exhibition 'Rally: Contemporary Indonesian Art - Jompet Kuswidananto and Eko Nugroho'. Both artists are part of a contemporary Indonesian arts community in Yogyakarta and work across a range of media, from installations and paintings to contemporary interpretations using traditional arts such ...