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NSW Department of Education and Communities

Curriculum support for NSW Public Schools

K-6 Visual Arts

Scope and sequence

A useful starting point in designing a scope and sequence for visual arts for K-6 is to map out an overview of scope or distribution of subject matter and forms. 

The following sequences of learning for subject matter and forms  draw on the units of work available on this website. To access these units, click on the Stage buttons in the left-hand navigation. 
Sequence of learning for subject matter:
A whole-school program indicating a scope for subject matter could articulate how subject matter is revisited and built on or viewed differently through K-6. 
This table shows a progression of skills and knowledge for subject matter through K-6.
Download sequence for subject matter (pdf 1.89mb)

Sequence of learning for forms:
A whole-school program could indicate how forms are revisited, developing skills and knowledge while introducing new media from K-6.

This table shows a progression of skills and knowledge for forms through K-6.
Download sequence for forms(pdf 3.39mb)

To produce a whole-school program, combine overviews for a sequence of skills and knowledge for subject matter and forms. Create a distribution of units of work that supports a sequence or building of skills and knowledge in subject matter and forms. The skills and knowledge need to refer to both artmaking and appreciating.

MOVE PRIMARY: Art in motion

MOVE PRIMARY: Art in motion is an online visual arts resource for primary teachers. It explores contemporary art - in particular 4D moving works, and was produced by the NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre in collaboration with Kaldor Public Art Projects.

MOVE PRIMARY is one of a suite of innovative resources we have created with Kaldor Public Art Projects to support visual arts.

Visual arts hints and ideas

This page provides information about hints and useful ideas for organising visual art activities in the classroom

Practical illustrations of drawing techniques, using a variety of drawing surfaces and tools 

  • The drawing surface
  • Drawing media
  • Objects to draw
  • Protecting drawings

Painting techniques and practical hints about collecting and storing materials and equipment

  • Brushes
  • Cleaning up

Classroom organisation
Ideas about locating and collecting materials and resources

  • Preparation for making activities
  • Group work
  • Useful materials to collect

Student displays
Practical hints and suggestions for arranging and displaying student artworks

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