Introduction to visual arts within the K-6 Creative Arts Syllabus

Provides a strong basis for understanding artmaking practices, tools and techniques to foster practical skills and deep learning in visual arts in the K-6 classroom.


This course offers teachers and school leaders the opportunity to engage in professional learning in visual arts as an artform within the NSW Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus.

Module 1

  • Explanation of NESA requirements and an overview of the visual arts outcomes in the context of the syllabus.
  • The artmaking practices (the ‘physical tools’) of line, shape and form, value, space and perspective, colour and texture are explored.
  • These ‘physical tools’ within the artmaking practices are then combined with the representational qualities (the ‘mind tools’) including rhythm and movement, harmony and balance, emphasis, proportion, graduation, signs, symbols, codes and conventions.

Mid-course task:

  • Participants are required to prepare and teach one visual arts lesson to a K-6 class (of a minimum of 20 minutes) relating to at least one artmaking practice learnt during Part 1. Participants are required to submit via email an overview of the proposed lesson and receive feedback prior to teaching it.

Module 2

  • The forms, qualities and processes as are detailed in the syllabus. Participants engage in pedagogical approaches to using these forms including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and 3D, texture, fibre, photography and digital forms.
  • Practical examples of the artmaking practices in the context of the learning experiences, forms, qualities and processes..


  • Primary School

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