Learn Through Art

Learn through Art supports engagement with artworks from the Collection in the classroom and online. Each resource is designed for specific year level groupings with prompts for making and responding.

Learn through Art invites students to explore works by contemporary artists – including Indigenous Australian artists and artists from the Asia Pacific region – to build upon their creative and critical thinking skills, and to develop a deeper understanding of the world around them.

Prep – Year 2

THE ART OF STORY
Explore how artists use visual language to tell and re-tell stories.

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ROY & MATILDA
Explore the artworks visited by Roy and Matilda, two mice who go an adventure in QAG, in the book Roy & Matilda: The Mysterious Music.

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MY PLACE
Explore how artists share their connection to places and how observing the landscape inspires them.

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ME, MYSELF AND I
Explore different examples of self-portraits and reflect on the reasons why artists paint themselves.

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LAND, SEA, SKY
Explore how artists create mood and feeling within representations of the landscape.

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FOUND IN THE ROUND
Explore sculptural works that use found and discarded objects and reflect on the ability of materials to communicate ideas.

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Years 3 and 4

HOMELY OBJECTS
Explore artworks made up of objects typically found around the home and how artists have transformed their meaning.

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LIFE CYCLES
Explore how artists observe and document changes in the natural world and draw attention to environmental issues.

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CREATIVE PLAY
Explore how artists have incorporated elements of games and play into their work and the way this prompts us to think differently about the world.

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MEMORY, PLACE AND PRACTICE
Explore ideas of memory and place within the practice of Indigenous Queensland artists.

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Years 5 and 6

ANIMAL GALLERY
Explore the animal kingdom and imagine your art gallery where creatures large and small can live.

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REMIX
Explore and remix your experience of what’s happening now through collecting, deconstructing and reassembling what you see, taste, smell, hear and feel.

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DESIGN, PLAY, LEARN
Explore how design can help people create new worlds and introduce people to the lives of others.

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Years 7 and 8

ART MEETS GEOGRAPHY
Expand your knowledge of a place or concept and find value in another person’s point of view through artworks that map, question and connect.

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RITUALS
Explore the customs, values and beliefs of communities and cultures through a variety of artistic practices, objects and icons.

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THE DECORATIVE
Explore pattern making and textile design to learn about how artists use pattern to communicate ideas.

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Years 9 and 10

IDENTIFY
Consider the role that art and visual culture can play in shaping contemporary understandings of identity.

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NATION BUILDING
Develop a greater understanding of the events, people and structures that have shaped the Australian nation.

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FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT
Learn about the artists, voices and moments that have contributed to the greater good through advocacy, activism and leadership.

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TRANSFORMATION
Explore how artists combine materials, symbols, and objects to communicate ideas about transformation and change.

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Years 11 and 12

CREATIVE GENERATION
The 2020 digital exhibition showcases the work of the 33 excellence award recipients from across the state.

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OPEN STUDIO
Connect with the practices of the first three artists to work with QAGOMA Learning in the newly developed Open Studio project.

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ART AS EXCHANGE
Go on a virtual field trip to sites of cultural significance in four different locations across Queensland. Art as Exchange features research and documentation from visits to the sites.

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Learning Collection

Visit the Learning Collection to access:

  • Artwork images
  • Information about artist and artwork
  • Map of regions of Indigenous Australia
  • Filters specific to Collection areas, gallery locations, media and genres
  • Quick search and Collection browse navigation
  • Favourite icons to build your own Collection and worksheet
  • Filters for works on display in QAG and GOMA

Additional Resources

Visit the QAGOMA YouTube channel to view a range of artist interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and performances for current and past QAGOMA exhibitions.

View past education resources here.

Australian Curriculum

Relevant subject areas can be explored in more detail on the Australian Curriculum website. Teachers are encouraged to select the content descriptions that are most suitable for their school program.


Copyright

© Queensland Art Gallery 2020

This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced without prior written permission from the publisher. No illustration may be reproduced without the permission of the copyright owners as indicated.

Requests and inquiries concerning reproduction and rights should be addressed to the publisher. Copyright for texts is held by the Queensland Art Gallery.

Acknowledgments

This educational resource was developed by QAGOMA Learning, in consultation with Curatorial, Web Design and Photography staff, 2017. The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) acknowledges the generous support and curriculum expertise offered by teacher advisory group members.