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Visual arts / Year 7 and 8

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Curriculum content descriptions

Identify and connect specific features and purposes of visual artworks from contemporary and past times to explore viewpoints and enrich their art-making, starting with Australian artworks including those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (ACAVAR124)

Elaborations
  • comparing and contrasting different representations and interpretations of Country/Place from a range of viewpoints and contexts, for example, researching and comparing the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and colonists in artworks from and about 1788
  • respecting cultural practices and sensitivities as they research, analyse and examine the way an artist’s cultural experiences have influenced the representation of their artworks
  • recognising how different factors contribute to the ways in which visual artworks are judged to be meaningful by an audience
  • Considering viewpoints – philosophies and ideologies: For example – Do the artist’s past experiences influence the work? Why do you prefer this form?
  • analysing how visual arts practices and processes and use of available technologies shape the practices of art, craft and design
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

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

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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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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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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

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 ...

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 ...

Teacher resource

Dreamings, Through Indigenous Art

This is a resource about Warlpiri artist Michael Jagamarra Nelson. It revolves around a video clip, showing him painting and explaining the meaning and significance of his work in terms of his Country and its Dreamings and the need for the Dreamings to be passed on. The last part of the soundtrack features a narrator describing ...

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Twelve canoes: ceremony

This is a rich resource about the ceremonial activities of the Yolngu people of north-east Arnhem Land. Its centrepiece is a short film showing men and women engaged in ceremony, narrated by a Yolngu storyteller who describes how some ceremonies are open to all but others are restricted, and explains the purposes of various ...

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

Angkor Wat bas relief carvings

This is an online module consisting of teacher notes, three stimulus resources and student activities that explore images of life during the ancient Khmer Empire, including its dancers, using bas reliefs found on the walls of the temples of Angkor. The teacher notes provide background information about the ancient Khmer ...

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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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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 ...

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 ...

Teacher resource

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, ...

Still Image

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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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: '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 ...

Still Image

Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, 'Sunrise chasing away the night', 1977-78

This is a painting by Pintupi artist Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri (1926-98) depicting the night and the sunrise over the landscape. The painting is shown as an enlargeable image. Text onscreen gives information on the visual symbolism of the work, describing the enhanced topographical perspective of the painting and explaining ...