Course Description

This course helps participants to teach Art History and Art Criticism to Years 7 to 12. For Years 7 to 10, they employ analogies from the practices of forensic science and crime detection to investigate what art historians and art critics do and how artworks deliver meaning to audiences.

Participants explore strategies to assist students in their art historical and art critical writing.

For senior students, the course includes approaches for deeper learning and writing of art historical/art critical narratives. 

It addresses content for all Australian visual arts syllabuses and the Australian Arts Curriculum. Ideas will be explored in the following areas - European Classical to 19th century art, Modernism, Postmodernism, Indigenous, Australian, American, Pacific, African, Asian and Islamic art.

Participants will receive pictorial teaching resources as well as summaries and tables.



Teachers of Visual Arts, Photography, Digital Imaging and Video Years 7 to 12


Teaching Standards

2.2.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content selection and organisation:  Organise content into coherent, well-sequenced learning and teaching programs,

2.5.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Literacy and numeracy strategies:  Apply knowledge and understanding of effective teaching strategies to support students’ literacy and numeracy achievement,

3.2.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Plan, structure and sequence learning programs:   Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning,

6.3.2 Proficient Level - Engage in Professional Learning - Engage with colleagues and improve practice:  Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice,

3.3.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Use teaching strategies:  Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem-solving, and critical and creative thinking.

Do you teach in NSW? If so, this is relevant to you:

Completing Art on Trial - Strategies for Teaching Secondary Art History and Art Critisim will contribute 10 hours of NSW Education Standards Education Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework, addressing standard descriptors 3.5.3 from the Australia Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1: Introduction

    • Welcome to the Course!

    • Introduction

    • Art on Trial Teaching Art - History and Art Criticism in Secondary Schools

  • 2

    Module 2: 'Art on Trial' - A Framework for Teaching Art History and Art Criticism

    • 2.1 Teaching Theory is Fun - A Forensic Approach!

    • 2.2 A Framework for Teaching Art History and Art Criticism

    • Glossary of Terms

    • Sample Stage 4 Scope and Sequence (Year 7, 8)

    • Elements and Principles

  • 3

    Module 3: 'Setting the Scene' - Art and Context

    • Objectives

    • 3.1 'The Scene' - Artworld and Artworks

    • Activity 3.1

    • Video 1 Practice

    • 3.2 The Artworld in Time and Place

    • Sample Task 3.2 - Architecture

    • 3.3 The 'Scene' of the Crime and Conventions of Practice

    • Sample Task 3.3 for Sculpture

    • Video 2 - Interiors

    • Video 3 - Conventions of Drawing

    • 3.4 Context, Research and Written Responses

    • Connecting Material and Conceptual Practice

  • 4

    Module 4 - 'The Contemporary Scene' - Modernist and Postmodernist Practice

    • Objectives

    • 4.1 Beliefs, Attitudes and Modernist Practice

    • 4.2 Beliefs, Values and Postmodernist Practice

    • Activity 4.2

    • Activity 4.2 Example

    • Sample 4.2 Task - Levels of Explanation

    • Video 4 - Modernist and Postmodernist Practice

    • 4.3 Postmodernist Art and Appropriation

    • Sample 4.3 Task - Practice

    • 4.4 Generating Art Historical Accounts

    • Structuralism and Poststructuralism

  • 5

    Module 5: 'The Perpetrator' - Who are Artists and What do they Do?

    • Objectives

    • 5.1 The Artist's Practice - Analysis and Literacy

    • 5.2 The Artist's Lifeworld and Art Historical Accounts

    • Video 5 - Valamanesh

    • Activity 5

  • 6

    Module 6: 'Hard Evidence' - Facts, Claims and Witnesses

    • Objectives

    • 6.1 Art Historians and Art Critics

    • 6.2 Art Criticism and the Audience

    • Activity 6

    • 6.3 Art Historical Facts and Art Critical Claims

    • Video 6 - Antoni

    • 6.4 Using Citations to Generate Art Historical/Art Critical Arguments

    • Video 7 - Citations

  • 7

    Module 7: 'Closing the Case' - Narratives and Case Studies

    • Objectives

    • 7.1 Developing an Art Historical/Art Critical Narrative

    • Activity 7

    • 7.2 Bodies of Work and Case Studies

    • Activity 7.2 Example

    • Video 8 - Body of Work

    • Conclusion

  • 8

    Course Feedback

    • Course Feedback

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