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A journey through Asian art


Students will have the opportunity to identify, analyse and compare how and why East Asian art forms influenced 20th century and 21st century Western (including Australian) artists, and what dominant concepts of Western art are prevalent in East Asian contemporary art.

Students could research, analyse and evaluate the impact of Paul Gauguin’s art works and ideas had to challenge Western concepts of symbolic colour and composition, and compare how Hartini uses the ideology of Surrealism as social commentary about her cultural identity.

Learning Area: The Arts

Subject: Visual Arts

Year levels: 7-8, 9-10

Alignment to the Australian Curriculum

Content descriptions

Years 7-8

Identify and connect specific features and purposes of visual artworks from contemporary and past times to explore viewpoints and enrich their art-making, starting with Australian artworks including those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (ACAVAR124)

Years 9-10

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)


Years 7-8

Respecting cultural practices and sensitivities as they research, analyse and examine the way an artist’s cultural experiences have influenced the representation of their artworks (ACAVAR124)

Years 9-10

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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