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A journey through Asian art


Students will have the opportunity to research the history of colonial rule throughout Asia and analyse how artists became catalysts for change and independence through pictorially documenting real-life narratives of everyday people using strong symbols and metaphors drawn from their traditional cultures.

Students could identify the cultural symbolism in the artworks of the three artist featured in this episode and critically analyse how pictorial narratives can be powerful to express emotion and opinion but that the interpretation of this massage may vary given the audience

Learning Area: The Arts

Subject: Visual Arts

Year levels: 7-8, 9-10

Content descriptions

Years 7-8

  • Analyse how artists use visual conventions in artworks (ACAVAR123)
  • 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

  • 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)


Years 7-8

  • critically analysing an artist’s intention for an artwork and their use of visual conventions
  • 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

  • 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.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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