Asia Education Foundation

The Arts


Illustration of practice

Watch Jen Stevens, Belmont High School, integrate Asia literacy into her ceramics classes.

As you watch this illustration of practice consider:

  • What are the features of an Asia literate teacher being demonstrated?
  • What features do I possess?
  • What features do I need to develop?

What is an Asia-focused Arts curriculum?

The Australian Curriculum for the Arts provides a number of opportunities for students to learn explicit content about Asia. It 'examines art forms that have arisen from the rich and diverse belief systems and traditions of the Asia region. Students will consider the aesthetic qualities of these art forms as well as their local, regional and global influence. The Arts provides opportunities to explore how artistic collaboration takes place within and across countries of the Asia region, including Australia.'
From Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia in the Australian Curriculum: Arts.


Sample map of Asia opportunities

View or  download the A3 sample map for Asia opportunities in the Australian Curriculum: The Arts.

Identify Asia content being implemented in your classroom to address the Asia priority. As part of the audit, identify new opportunities as provided by the Australian Curriculum to incorporate Asia across year levels.

What resources support teaching about Asia?

Curated digital resources

View curated digital resources that gather together Asia-related web links relevant to year-level content descriptions of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts.




Fred Smith

Year 10: Dust of Uruzgan

View Dust of Uruzgan (PDF: 603 KB), about Fred Smith's experiences of the Australian Peacekeeping Force.


Learning sequences

Access a range of Arts learning sequences for use in the classroom that model the disciplinary and pedagogical content knowledge of this learning area.

Students creatively explore the Star Festival and Japan's Children's Day.

Students investigate the symbols and legends of Chinese New Year.

Students learn about Japanese Bunraku puppetry and create their own puppets.


Star wars

Discover Malaysian wayang puppet theatre and its contemporary revival.

Students examine the cultural elements of Javanese wayang puppet theatre.

Students investigate the Indonesian musical instrument, the angklung.

Students explore the Bhangra music and dance from the Punjab region.


Students explore the multi-mediated messages of youth across cultures.

Students examine Korean traditional folk drama and perform a play.

Students explore the relationship between contemporary music and popular culture.


Students investigate the Angkor Wat bas-relief sculptures and create an Angkor Wat dancer.

Students explore the relationship between contemporary music and popular culture.


Students investigate the Angkor Wat bas-relief sculptures and create an Angkor Wat dancer.

Students explore artworks based on environmental phenomena and human symbiosis with technology.


What professional learning builds Asia literacy?

Coming soon:Journey into Asian Art video series.


Photo acknowledgements: Japan (orthographic projection), Wikimedia – Festivals of Japan; Chinese New Year fireworks in Hong Kong1 in 2012 by hilighters(CC BY 2.0) – Chinese New Year; The most sensational, celebrational...Bunraku puppets at National Bunraku Theatre, Osaka, Japan by brickski  (CC BY 2.0) – Bunraku Puppetry; Wayang Kulit puppets by flydime (CC BY 2.0) – Wayang puppet plays; Angklung angklung Kamillo (CC BY-SA 3.0) – Angklung Music;Bhangra at Global Institutes, Amrtisar by Global Institutes  (CC BY-SA 3.0) – Bhangra;Japanese Teenagers by Francisco Diez (CC BY 2.0) – Youth culture and the media; Adam Nicholson – Hahoe Pyolsin-kut mask drama; Gangnam_Style_PSY_21logo – (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) – Asia-pop; Lynn Dennison – Images of Angkor Wat; Kosuke Ikeda – Image from 'Shifters' – Alicia King – Kosuke Ikeda and Alicia King; Ai Weiwei – oceanaris (CC BY 2.0)  – New media art cultural crossovers; 13 circles rainbow by Openclipart