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  • 1. Revised Draft AustralianCurriculum: The ArtsFoundation to Year 10Draft work in progressFebruary2013www.acara.edu.au

2. xxix Australian Curriculum, Assessment andReporting Authority 2013This work is copyright. You may download,display, print and reproduce this material inunaltered form only (retaining this notice) foryour personal, non-commercial use or usewithin your organisation.All other rights are reserved. Requestsand inquiries concerning reproductionand rights should be addressed to:ACARA Copyright Administration,ACARA Level 10, 255 Pitt StreetSydneyNSW2000 3. ContentsThe Arts Learning Area 1Dance 24Drama 60Media Arts 83Music 107Visual Arts 126Draft work in progress 4. The Arts Learning AreaRationaleThe Arts have the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting theimagination and encouraging them to reach their creative and expressive potential. The fivedistinct but related Arts subjects in the Australian Curriculum Dance, Drama, Media Arts,Music and Visual Arts all provide opportunities for students to create, share andcommunicate ideas, emotions, experiences and imagination. Rich in tradition, the Arts play amajor role in the development and expression of contemporary cultures and communities,locally, nationally and globally.In the Arts, students learn as artists and audience through the intellectual, emotional andsensory experiences of the arts. They acquire skills specific to the Arts subjects and developcritical understanding that informs decision-making and aesthetic choices. Through the Arts,students learn to express their ideas, thoughts and opinions as they discover and interpretthe world. Students develop their Arts knowledge and aesthetic understanding through agrowing comprehension of the distinct and related language, symbols, techniques,processes and skills of the Arts subjects. They communicate ideas in current, traditional andemerging forms and use arts knowledge and understanding to make sense of their world.The Arts entertain, challenge, provoke responses and enrich our knowledge of self,communities, cultures and histories. The Arts contribute to the development of confident andcreative individuals, nurturing and challenging, active and informed citizens. Throughengagement with Arts practice students learn about what artists know and do, how they doit, where they do it, with and for whom they do it and why they do it. Learning and practisingarts traditions fosters social competencies and aids the development of personal identity,views of the world and global citizenship. Arts learning is based on cognitive, affective andsensory/kinaesthetic response to practice as students revisit increasingly complex content,skills, techniques and processes with developing confidence and sophistication across theiryears of learning.This rationale for the Arts learning area is complemented and extended by specific rationalesfor each of the five Arts subjects.AimsThe Australian Curriculum: The Arts aims to develop students: creativity, imagination, aesthetic understanding and critical thinking and Artspractices with increasing self-confidence through engagement in making andresponding to artworks Arts knowledge and communication: valuing and sharing experience,representing, expressing and communicating ideas about their individual andcollective worlds to others in meaningful ways Use of innovative arts practices and available and emerging technologies toexpress ideas and develop empathy with multiple viewpointsDraft Australian Curriculum: The Arts Foundation to Year 10draft in progress at 22 February 2013 1 5. Insights into and understanding of local, regional and global cultures, historiesand Arts traditions through engaging with the worlds of artists, art forms, practicesand professions.These aims are extended and complemented by specific aims for each Arts subject.OrganisationIntroductionIn the Australian Curriculum, the Arts is a learning area that draws together related butdistinct art forms. While these art forms have close relationships and are often used ininterrelated ways, practice in each involves different approaches to practical and criticalthinking and reflects distinct bodies of knowledge and understanding.The Australian Curriculum: The Arts Foundation to Year 10 comprises five subjects: Dance Drama Media Arts Music Visual ArtsEach subject focuses on its own practice and unique ways of looking at the world.In Dance, students use the body to communicate and express meaning through purposefulmovement. Dance practice integrates choreography, performance, appreciation of andresponses to dance and dance-making. Students develop awareness of, and use knowledgeof dance and dance practitioners in their own and other cultures and communities.In Drama, students explore and depict real and fictional worlds through the body language,gesture and space to make meaning as performers and audience. They create, rehearse,perform and respond to drama individually and collaboratively. They explore the diversity ofdrama in the contemporary world and other times, places and traditions through varioustheatrical contexts, styles and forms.In Media Arts, students use communications technologies to explore, interpret and createstories about people, ideas and the world around them. They engage their senses,imagination and intellect through works that respond to diverse and dynamic cultural, socialand institutional factors that shape contemporary communication. Students connect withaudiences, purposes and ideas, exploring concepts and viewpoints through the creative useof materials and technologies.In Music, students listen to, compose and perform music from a broad range of styles,traditions and contexts. They create, shape and share sounds in time and space andcritically analyse music they listen to, make and perform Music practice is aurally based andfocuses on acquiring and using knowledge and understanding about music and musiciansfrom their own experience and other times and places.In Visual Arts, students engage with the concepts of artists, artworks and audience. VisualArts practice involves experiences, practical and critical thinking, conceptual and spatialinquiry and the analysis of artworks from a range of viewpoints as artist and audience.Draft Australian Curriculum: The Arts Foundation to Year 10draft in progress at 22 February 2013 2 6. Students make individual and collaborative artworks that communicate their artisticintentions and use skills of observation, interpretation and analysis to critically evaluate theirown and others artworks.The Arts subjects are also interconnected, particularly through hybrid (combination) andcontemporary arts. The curriculum enables exploration of the dynamic relationships betweenArts subjects. This might involve students making artworks in traditional or contemporaryforms or using material from one Arts subject to support learning in another.Design in the ArtsDesign links creativity and innovation. Within all Arts subjects, design facilitates the creativeand practical realisation of ideas and processes. Design thinking is a fundamental strategy inthe experimentation, refinement and resolution of an artwork and is sensitive to logical,critical and aesthetic considerations. In the Arts, many different words describe the designprocess such as composing, choreographing, narrating, devising, constructing, sculpting andvisually designing.Designing in the Arts specifically considers the relational ways art forms can inform eachother. This includes music and dance, visual design and drama, sculpture and architectureor for instance, in media arts, the combination of multiple art forms and technologies. Designin the Arts may also consider the contribution and opportunities afforded by other forms ofthinking such as environmental, aesthetic, mathematical, scientific, geographical, historical,technological, socio-cultural, kinaesthetic or material thinking.Content structureThe Australian Curriculum: The Arts is written for each of the five subjects across bands ofyear levels: Foundation to Year 2; Years 3 and 4; Years 5 and 6; Years 7 and 8 and Years 9and 10.StrandsContent descriptions in each Arts subject are organised through two interrelated strandsthat, across the bands, present a sequence of development of knowledge, understandingand skills.The strands are: Making learning about and using knowledge, techniques, skills and processes toexplore Arts practices and to make artworks Responding exploring, responding to, analysing and interpreting artworks.MakingMaking involves learning about and using knowledge, techniques, skills and processes toexplore arts practices and to make artworks which they present, perform or produce. As theartist and as audience for their own work and for the works of others, students learn throughactions such as experimenting, conceptualising, reflecting, performing, communicating andevaluating. The ongoing process of reflecting, refining and resolving their work is essential tolearning in the Arts as much as is creating a finished artwork.Draft Australian Curriculum: The Arts Foundation to Year 10draft in progress at 22 February 2013 3 7. Making in the Arts involves engaging the senses, the emotions, cognition and imagination,and thinking critically and creatively. To make an artwork, students work from an idea, anintention, particular resources, an expressive or imaginative impulse, or an external stimulus.They learn to explore possibilities, solve problems and ask questions when making decisionsand interpreting meaning.Learning through making is interrelated with and dependent upon responding. Studentslearn by reflecting on their making and critically responding to the making of others.RespondingAs artists and audiences, students explore, respond to, analyse and interpret the artworksthey experience in the five Arts subjects. They learn that meanings can be generated fromdifferent viewpoints and t

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