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A journey through Asian art


Students will have the opportunity to gain knowledge an understanding of how artists from Asia, particularly Japan, use performance as a temporal experience of artistic expression and that their intention is to convey the ‘act’ as a relationship between the spiritual and the material.

Students could investigate performance artists in Asia and compare their philosophies, styles for movement and/or gesture, and choices of material elements, especially the artworks of Japanese artists Atsuko Tanaka, Yumi Umiumare, and Yoko Uno, and reflect on how audiences perceive performance as art.

Learning Area: The Arts

Subject: Visual Arts

Year level: 9 - 10

Content description

  • 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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