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.
Visual arts K-6
Visual arts involves making various art forms such as painting, drawing and digital media,
Students also appreciate various artists, artworks and audiences.
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.
Through Art Ease students will develop shared meanings and understandings about the world around them and their particular context. Art Ease facilitates student thinking about and understanding, expression and enjoyment, aesthetic pleasure, in their every-day lives and world around them. The visual arts provides students with exposure to different perspectives, cultures, histories and conventions as well as learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through their artworks.
Waste as art
Developed with the support of the NSW Environmental Trust waste as art explores waste reduction and other environmental issues through visual arts. It also provides information, resources and inspiration to plan, develop and implement an engaging and rewarding Waste as art project.
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.
To access this resource visit inclusive visual arts for students in various contexts.
- create artworks in the 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.
Beyond the dots
Beyond the dots demonstrates effective ways to structure a visual arts lesson through examples of strong pedagogy.
The following sample units have been created using the Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus. and School planning for the creative arts (NESA)
Sample units for Early Stage 1 include:
Sample units for Stage 1 include:
Sample units for Stage 2 include:
Sample units for Stage 3 include:
- NESA syllabus and support materials :
- units of work
- student work samples
- advice on programming
- Australian curriculum work samples:
- portfolios of student work
- School planning for the creative arts (NESA)