The Arts Learning Area Statement focuses student learning on aesthetic understanding and arts practice developed through the art forms of dance, drama, media, music and visual arts, experienced singly or in combinations. Although these five forms may be used in interrelated ways, each has unique language, techniques and conventions. Students develop creative ways of expressing themselves and develop a critical appreciation of their own works and those of others. They use their senses, perceptions, feelings, values and knowledge to communicate through the arts. Aesthetic understanding helps students to appreciate and critically respond to various arts experiences with enjoyment. Through their arts experiences, students come to understand broader questions about the values and attitudes held by individuals and communities. Arts practice involves the exploration and development of ideas and feelings through the use of a range of skills and knowledge of art techniques and processes. The arts provide a powerful means of expression and communication of life experiences and imagination.
The Arts Learning Outcomes
Students generate arts works that communicate ideas
Arts Skills and Processes
Students use the skills, techniques, processes, conventions and technologies of the arts.
Students use their aesthetic understanding to respond to, reflect on and evaluate the arts.
Arts in Society
Students understand the role of the arts in society.
Expressive movements using body, space, time and energy. Students achieve outcomes through participating in the key activities of choreography, performance and reflection. In choreography, students manipulate the elements of dance to create movement that communicates ideas and emotions. In performance, students use physical and expressive skills and understand and apply the principles of human movement. They take into account the dynamic relationship between dancers and audience. In reflection, students describe, analyse, interpret and evaluate their own dance and the dance of others.
Taking on role and acting out situation. Students achieve outcomes through the key activities of playmaking, performance and critical reflection. In playmaking, students create and shape new dramatic texts based on their own ideas and on existing drama. They improvise, act, interpret texts, write scripts, direct, rehearse and design. In performance, students use physical movement, vocal and interpretive skills. They integrate technical elements and the conventions of drama to engage audiences, communicate and perform dramatic texts. In critical reflection, students describe, analyse, interpret and evaluate their own drama and the drama of others.
Communicating with print, film and electronic media. Students achieve outcomes through participating in the key activities of creation, production and analysis. In creation, students generate ideas, conduct research, write scripts and plans, organise resources and select appropriate codes and conventions to create media works that communicate ideas and emotions. In production, students create media works using a range of technologies. They reflect upon, evaluate, modify and present their media works. Through analysis, students describe, interpret and evaluate meanings created in their own media works and those of others.
Sounds and silences making music through body, voice, and acoustically. Students achieve outcomes through the key activities of creation, performance and reflection. In creation, students manipulate elements of music to create works that communicate ideas and emotions. In performance, students use aural and interpretive skills and vocal and instrumental techniques. They take into account the dynamic relationship between musician and audience. In reflection, students describe, analyse, interpret and evaluate their own music and that of others.
Visual and tactile experiences in two and three-dimensional forms. Students achieve outcomes through the interrelated key activities of visual inquiry, studio practice, exhibition and reflection. Through the process of visual inquiry, students develop an understanding of the elements of the visual arts language. This is applied in the creation of arts works that explore ideas and feelings. In studio practice, students use skills, processes and techniques to create arts works using their understanding of visual language. Through exhibition and display, they present and describe their arts works to others. In their reflections, students describe, analyse, interpret and evaluate their own arts works and those of others.
Arts works using dance, drama, media, music and/or visual arts. Students can achieve outcomes in combinations of some or all of the arts forms of dance, drama, media, music and visual arts through key activities of creating, making, presenting and reflecting. They use the elements of the arts forms of dance, drama, media, music and visual arts, as well as those of emerging technologies (such as multi-media) and new arts practices, such as incorporating media images in dance or location-specific installations.