Visual arts involves making various art forms such as painting, drawing and digital media,
Students also appreciate various artists, artworks and audiences.
Making allows students to develop skills using a broad range of techniques through an exploration of subject matter with an increasing awareness of their intentions as artists.
Appreciating involves students responding to artists and their artworks, often as members of a global audience – talking and thinking about art within and beyond their own region and culture.
- developed with the support of the NSW Environmental Trust
- explores waste reduction and other environmental issues through visual arts
- information, resources and inspiration to plan, develop and implement an engaging and rewarding Waste as art project.
- A guide to implementing waste as art and environmental art projects in schools (DOCX 92.02 KB)
Inclusive visual arts for students in various contexts:
- Based on 2021 Operation Art artworks submitted by students from Schools for Specific Purposes, this series of visual arts lesson plans will assist teachers in differentiated planning, programming, and assessment to ensure that individual students learning needs are met.
- The lesson plans are presented in word docs for easy download and adaptation.
- create artworks in your classroom
- take inspiration from 20 artworks at the 2019 Operation Art Exhibition.
- each lesson contains syllabus outcomes and indicators directly linked to teaching and learning activities with suggestions for formative assessment.
- demonstrates effective ways to structure a visual arts lesson through examples of strong pedagogy.
Sample unit starters
The following sample units have been created using the Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus
Early Stage 1
Me myself (DOCX 41KB)
- investigate how artists depict people in portraits, with a focus on self-portraiture.
- explore how colour, texture, line and shape can be employed to express ideas about themselves
- produce drawings and paintings in various media using their own image.
No place like home (DOCX 40KB)
- represent exteriors and interiors of their homes
- use a variety of two-dimensional techniques
- focus on line, colour and texture.
- explore shapes of the built environment, referring to their homes and artists' works.
Our animals (DOCX 40KB)
- explore animals and their environments in drawing and sculpture
- experiment with various drawing media to show qualities of line, surface texture and the shapes of animals
- focus on the skins and habitats of animals
- use media in a variety of ways to produce textures.
Places in imagination (DOCX 39KB)
- create ceramic representations of an imaginary place.
- experiment with a variety of simple construction techniques.
- discuss their own and others' works.
Beat around the bush (DOCX 39KB)
- investigate a local natural environment
- record their responses through drawings and photographs
- discuss how three artists respond to their environment
- explore ways of incorporating direct experiences and artists' interpretations into a new work.
Ordinary, extraordinary (DOCX 118KB)
- discover how artists represent the places where they live and work, as well as the objects around them
- make drawings, collages, prints and paintings representing household objects
- record details of line and shape in drawing
- explore combinations of shapes and textures in still-life collages.
- represent themselves through drawing and monoprinting
- investigate how shape, texture and line can be used to express ideas about themselves as they make artworks that include the qualities of animals
- consider how artists construct portrait paintings and prints.
This sporting life (DOCX 40KB)
- explore a range of poses and movements in different sports
- make linear drawings focusing on movement and direction
- make collages that express ideas about athletes and movement.
- study colour, line, shape and texture through the artworks of Piet Mondrian and Wassily Kandinsky
- create abstract paintings and relief sculptures.
- focus on the subject matter of the human figure
- discuss works by sculptors
- investigate a range of materials and techniques to represent figures through guided reading and group discussion
- investigations lead to experimentation in their own art making based on the styles of various sculptors.
In search of Monet (DOCX 39KB)
In search of Monet is presented as an adventure ? a series of games where students imagine they are taking a trip to France to find out about Monet and his work. Through a range of forms and media, students create:
- a trip diary
- souvenir shop items such as T-shirts and shopping bags
- a Monet exhibition and catalogue.
Still life with flowers (DOCX 116KB)
- record information about objects through drawing and printing
- learn about still life represented in artworks by looking at paintings by different artists
- further explore the theme of still life in collages and paintings.
Transport transformations (DOCX 40KB)
- investigate forms of transport including motor vehicles and aeroplanes
- consider possibilities for animating these machines, using selected artworks as a stimulus
- focus on drawing for documentation then use drawings to develop ideas into decorative or expressive sculptures made from various media.
Evoking the environment (DOCX 39KB)
- look at how artists have represented their environment in expressive ways
- document ideas from their own environment in research drawings
- develop concepts into paintings and weavings.
- investigate the representation of the face in traditional and theatrical masks
- consider how exaggeration and distortion of facial features creates expression that has meaning for an audience
- make drawings of faces, emphasising exaggeration and distortion
- use these drawings as a reference for making a ceramic mask
- make digital portraits and use software to manipulate images to exaggerate expression.
- investigate ways of mapping a place using symbols
- discuss how artists represent their environment in paintings and public sculptures
- document their ideas in research drawings
- develop concepts into sculptures
- consider how concepts are represented differently in drawing and sculpture.
- explore their own identity in an artwork
- seek inspiration in self-portraits by Australian painters who include symbols of their identity
- combine drawing, painting, collage and printing in a mixed media artwork ? discovering how artworks can be built up through layering images.
- consider how artists represent ideas and feelings in abstract artworks through the use of symbols.
- develop their own symbols in response to dream images
- experiment with layering techniques in painting, drawing and fibre media.
Significant events (DOCX 40KB)
- look at artworks that record and interpret Australian history
- discuss how artists create points of view through the way subject matter is organised
- discuss how colour and texture are used
- make drawings, prints and paintings that represent historical events and Australian icons.
Steel, stacks and steam (DOCX 77KB)
- use industrial sites and structures as stimulus to draw, paint, make prints and mixed media artworks.
Still life with lute (DOCX 115KB)
- explore the aesthetic potential of musical instruments as subject matter in artworks
- refer to artists who represent musical instruments in artworks
- begin with exploratory drawings and progress to digital forms and paintings.
Introduction to visual arts within the K-6 Creative Arts Syllabus AC00005
NESA syllabus and support materials :
- units of work
- student work samples
- advice on programming
Australian curriculum work samples:
- portfolios of student work.