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A journey through Asian art


Students will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of the impact of popular culture, mass-production and technology through examining the practices and beliefs of artists from Asia whose works exemplify the ‘energy of the people’ and use everyday materials to retort the traditional aesthetic of simplicity, pure materials and coming from nature.

After viewing this episode, students could analyse the meaning and application of ‘jjambbong’, ‘obangsaek’ and ‘theory of superflat’ in artworks from Asian artists that exemplify these practices, and find contemporary artists from Western cultures, including Australian, whose art works also compliment these practices.

Learning Area: The Arts

Subject: Visual Arts

Year level: 9 - 10

Content descriptions

  • Evaluate how representations communicate artistic intentions in artworks they make and view to inform their future art making (ACAVAR130)
  • Analyse a range of visual artworks from contemporary and past times to explore differing viewpoints and enrich their visual art-making, starting with Australian artworks, including those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and consider international artworks (ACAVAR131)


  • investigating the practices, techniques and viewpoints of artists from different cultural groups and their use of persuasive, communicative or expressive representation
  • identifying how visual arts professionals embed their values and beliefs, and how audiences react and interpret the meaning and intent of their artworks differently (ACAVAR131)

Cross curriculum priority: Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia

OI.1 The peoples and countries of Asia are diverse in ethnic background, traditions, cultures, belief systems and religions.

OI.4 The arts and literature of Asia influence aesthetic and creative pursuits within Australia, the region and globally.

General capabilities

Literacy: Comprehending texts through listening, reading and viewing

Critical and creative thinking: Inquiring – identifying, exploring and organising information and ideas; Analysing, synthesising and evaluating reasoning and procedures

Personal and social capability: Social awareness – appreciating diverse perspectives

Intercultural understanding: Recognising culture and developing respect


The Australian Curriculum alignment statement is based on the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) materials which are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Australia (CC BY NC SA) licence.

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