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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)

Interactive

Australian: Art Gallery of NSW - iTunes app

Explore a selection of artists and artworks from the Australian collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Contains images, background information on the artists and their art, and some audio and video analysis and interviews. Artworks are from pre-1900s to 2010s. Free when reviewed 26/5/2015.

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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 ...

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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.

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Paper by Fifty three - iTunes app

Jot down notes and sketch using five different drawing and painting tools. Create your own pages or journals and save the pages to your camera roll. Free when reviewed 26/5/2015

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Revision: introductions, descriptions, addresses

This set of interactive and printable resources provides an overview and summary of the vocabulary and language functions to introduce and describe people, including name, surname, age, address, favourite pet and colour. It provides a variety of descriptive texts, including ID cards and presentations. Translations, solutions ...

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Creature sculptures rise from the scrap heap

Coolah sculptor David Sherlock brings scrap metal back to life in the form of amazing animals, birds and insects.

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Creating art and meaning from waste

Welcome to Marina DeBris's exhibition, "Beach Couture: A Haute Mess". How would you describe Marina's art? What are the ideas she communicates through her artworks? How do the processes, materials and techniques Marina works with contribute to the creation of meaning in her art? Do you agree with Marina's belief that art ...

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Illustration techniques with Dougal MacPherson

Ever wondered how illustrators create the images that end up on the pages of picture books? Watch as illustrator Dougal MacPherson describes the materials and techniques he used to create the images in Introducing Teddy. Why did he choose to work the way he did? Have a go at creating your own images using some of the techniques ...

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How are graphic novels created?

How do writers and illustrators work together to make comics and graphic novels? Watch and learn as graphic novelist Mariko Tamaki explains her approach to scripting and collaborating. What does she focus on? And what does she say the images do? Mariko describes reading a comic or graphic novel as a process of deciphering ...

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Meet illustrator Andrew Joyner

Andrew Joyner is an illustrator (and sometimes author) of children’s books. Watch this clip and find out why he loves drawing elephants so much. What techniques does he use to build his drawings? What materials and tools does he use to create his illustrations? Andrew describes the way he works with a designer and publisher ...

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Ready, steady, cook … park

Is there a place in your neighbourhood that is special to you, or that you visit regularly? See if you can create a report about this place, the way the reporter in this clip has done about Cook Park in Orange, NSW.

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'The artist is the man': Picasso, the exhibition

A life of art is explored in an exhibition on Picasso at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2011-12. Curator Anne Baldassari discusses Pablo Picasso, one of the most famous and influential artists of the 20th century, focusing on the artist himself. Over his lifetime Picasso explored many styles and techniques in his work.

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Through the lens of the Australian military

Did you know the Australian military has a special unit that includes photographers? It's the 1st Joint Public Affairs Unit. Meet and see the work of two passionate photographers, Corporal Jake Sims and Able Seaman Lee-Anne Mack. See what they photograph as members of the military service and hear how they go about capturing ...

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Dyeing eggs at Easter time

Are there special occasions during the year that your family celebrates? What do you do to celebrate? Watch this clip to learn how to make colourful, dyed eggs, a traditional Greek Easter activity. How are the colourful dyes made? And what is the traditional game that is played with the eggs on Easter Saturday? Why don't ...

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Brushes Redux - iTunes app

Create paintings using editable brushes with a range of brush effects. Includes layers, transparency, and ability to export and import images. Unlimited undo and redo allows you replay your brushstrokes. Images can be saved to camera roll, file sharing, emailed or posted on social media. Free when reviewed 27/5/2015.

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NGAkids Art Zone - iTunes app

Explore eight interactive activities inspired by works in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington USA. Investigate visual conventions and understand more about design elements and principles through artistic play. A range of portrait, landscape, still-life and abstract paintings.Free when reviewed 26/5/2015.

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Colours: describing hair and eyes

This collection of interactive and printable resources introduces the words for colours, and the functions to describe people's hair and eyes. It focuses on core questions and answers: 'Come sono i tuoi capelli - i tuoi occhi?', 'Ho i capelli - gli occhi ...' and 'Com'è ...?' Translations, solutions and hints throughout ...

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What most figures in Boyd's paintings?

Australian artist Arthur Boyd (1920-1999) has contributed a huge amount to Australian art, says former director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Edmund Capon. Hear Capon's view that, although many of Boyd's paintings are of Australian landscapes, the focus is more on the people within them, and about Boyd's own thoughts ...

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Creative block: the art of getting unblocked

Lorelei Vashti has a book deal with a publisher. Now, if she could only write the book! This is a story about one writer's inability to write her book, told through another medium - digital storytelling - using the beautiful illustrations of artist Grace Lee. Oh, and there is a talking dog! This clip was taken from a series ...

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It's all about me: Picasso

Is Pablo Picasso the artist who defined the 20th century? Edmund Capon thinks so. He also describes Picasso's work as highly autobiographical. As a former director of the Art Gallery of NSW for 33 years, Capon knows about art! So what can Picasso's paintings tell us about Picasso the man?