Visual arts / Year 5 and 6

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Curriculum content descriptions

Explain how visual arts conventions communicate meaning by comparing artworks from different social, cultural and historical contexts, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks (ACAVAR117)

Elaborations
  • making discerning judgments about how they work as an artist, and what and why they design and create, using appropriate visual conventions, for example, a sculpture that expresses movement
  • Considering viewpoints – critical theories: For example – Compare these paintings (one from India, one Australian). What do you recognise? What do you understand? What is new?
  • explaining the artistic vision of artists from different contexts, particularly referencing the meaning their artworks convey, for example, Aboriginal rock art, graffiti art, Egyptian art
  • Considering viewpoints – meanings and interpretations: For example – What is this artwork about? What visual conventions have been used to convey meaning? How did the artist represent their subject matter? How does the artwork reflect the artist’s perspective about the environment? How did the audience react to the artwork when it was first displayed?
  • analysing how symbolic meaning or metaphor is constructed in their own artworks and artworks of others
  • Considering viewpoints – psychology: For example – What elements are used to show excitement in the sculpture? Make a scary monster.
  • expressing an opinion about the way numerous artists communicate multiple viewpoints through their artwork
  • Considering viewpoints – evaluations: For example – Did it make you think more seriously about the issue? Did the rest of the class understand your message?
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),  Aboriginal art,  Torres Strait Islander art,  Visual arts

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Creating art and meaning from waste

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Online

Through my own eyes: a self-portrait - teacher resource

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NGV Asian art

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The Mughal Court paintings

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

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Zhang Xiaogang, 'Bloodline (Two comrades with red baby)', 1995

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Margaret Preston: 'Flying over the Shoalhaven', 1942

This resource includes an enlargeable image of the painting 'Flying over Shoalhaven River' by Margaret Preston 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. ...

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Carol Rudyard: 'Northern theme', 1973

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'Garak the Universe - larrakitj', 2005

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Sidney Nolan: 'Ned Kelly', 1946

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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 ...

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Sidney Nolan: 'Kiata', c1943

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Hans Heysen: 'The saplings', 1904

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Interactive

Strange faces

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John Glover: 'Patterdale landscape with cattle' c. 1833

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Eugene von Guérard: 'Purrumbete from across the lake' 1858

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BTN: Tiwi music: Keeping an ancient culture alive

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Dancing The Torres Strait winds to Life: Zey

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