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The Arts Unit

Digital Engagement

Engaging over 390,000 students and teachers annually.
Online access to arts education, professional learning, virtual excursions and streamed events.

Visual arts

What's for you in 2020?

Visual arts

ARTEXPRESS Virtual

with
ARTEXPRESS
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:

50 exemplary works from the 2019 HSC Visual Arts practical examination, across the twelve expressive forms, have been captured using 3D imagery. Visitors to the website can explore the curated Bodies of Work in incredible detail, including virtual reality if you have a VR headset or viewer. The exhibition includes marker’s commentary for every work and nine artist interviews.

This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

Art Bites

with
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:

Art Bites invite students to join a choir rehearsal, dance ensemble, music practice, art club or a debating team meeting.

These short video lessons in a range of areas offer students a chance to engage in co-curricular activities.

This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

Creative Classes

with
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:

Creative Classes uses our extensive collection of inspiring, and unique video assets that have been adapted into mini websites for teachers to share with their students.

Each website offers high quality stimulus content and provides engaging, independent activities that have been linked to syllabus outcomes in creative arts subjects.

This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

Extending practical artmaking skills

Using wire as a sculptural medium

with
Lisa Van Den Doler
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:

In this course you will explore aluminium wire as a medium for creating a sculpture. Working with wire provides students with a great opportunity for problem solving as they consider line, space, shape, weight and balance. Aluminium wire can be easily adapted to your classroom as it's a pliable material that can be cut with scissors and is suitable for all age groups. You will learn how artists have used wire in their work, learn how to create a continuous line drawing, and how to manipulate the wire to create a continuous line portrait.

This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

Jewellery making

Safe use of tools

with
Carl Noonan
Virtual Excursion:

Contemporary jewellery artist and Visual Arts teacher Carl Noonan guides you through safe practices for jewellery making including setting up a work table, using a jewellery saw, filing, soldering, hammering and finishing.

This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

Operation Art 2019 Exhibition

Classroom lessons

with
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:

This series of lessons take their inspiration from 20 artworks exhibited at the 2019 Operation Art Exhibition. The artworks have been created by students in Stages ES1 through to S3 in the classroom. Each lesson contains syllabus outcomes and indicators directly linked to teaching and learning activities with suggestions for formative assessment. There are recommendations for artist studies and step by step instructions on how to create artworks in your classroom.

This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

Stage 6 Visual Arts and ARTEXPRESS

Case study interviews

with
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:

Seven year 12 students discuss the development of their body of work including their use of a visual arts process diary, their inspiration, ideas, use of materials and techniques. They reflect upon their journey, the successful completion of their works and inclusion in ARTEXPRESS.

These videos are derived from a forthcoming professional learning resource titled Visual Arts Stage 6 and the body of work. Participants completing this course will find a correlating set of filmed teacher interviews unpacking the teaching and learning process.

This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

The Connections Program

with
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:

The Connections Program provides a range of inclusive teaching, learning and performance opportunities in dance, visual arts, music and drama.  

Throughout the year we will be offering arts projects and programs that invite students and their teachers to create their own works based on a central theme. Schools and students will then be invited to showcase their work in Term 3.

This program is open to all students with disability and their teachers.

This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

The sound of art

with
Julia Brennan
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:

‘The sound of art’ is a resource that has been created in conjunction with The Australian Chamber Orchestra. It draws inspiration from some of the work of American musician and artist Sharon Roffman, and the many and varied links between the visual arts and music through art appreciation and making. It has been adapted for the NSW context.

This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

Visual Arts Stage 6 and the body of work

with
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:

This professional learning resource will allow participants to build their understanding and skills when unpacking the key features and components of the Stage 6 Preliminary and HSC Visual Arts syllabus. Participants will interact directly with the syllabus components of the Frames, Conceptual Framework and Practice by completing online learning tasks, before interacting with a series of teacher and student videos based on the teaching and learning journeys for the HSC Body of Work.

This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

What is a curator?

with
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:

In this course you will learn about the role of the curator in an art gallery and their significance in establishing the relationships between artist, artwork and audience. You will also learn about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Collection, and Yiribana Gallery at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) and how it can be used as a teaching resource.

This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

Your Public Art Project

with
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:

What is public art? How can it transform our local environment? Primary and secondary students from across NSW worked with Kaldor Public Art Projects to reimagine public spaces within their local communities. This eResource explores the school’s work using innovative technology to bring site specific works alive through 360 Virtual Reality video and 3D photogrammetry models. As well as reimagining Your Public Art Project submissions created by the five schools (Bourke Public School, Wilcannia Central School, Dulwich High School of Visual Arts and Design, Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School and St Clair High School), STEM students from Merryland’s High school designed an app, which also houses the works and takes the viewer on an immersive VR experience.

This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

Virtual excursions

COVID-19 announcement

Various activities for The Arts Unit programs have been temporarily suspended for the foreseeable future to support efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and maintain the safety and wellbeing of students and staff.

Visit the COVID-19 and public schools in NSW web page for more information.

Visual arts

August 2020

 (date TBC)

Available from
Tue
11/8/2020
Home artmaking lesson 2020
September 2020

 (date TBC)

Available from
Thu
10/9/2020
Home gallery tour at AGNSW 2020
Art Gallery of NSW
November 2020

 (date TBC)

Available from
Mon
30/11/2020
Your Public Arts Project 2020
Art Gallery of NSW

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