The Australian Curriculum gives special attention to three cross-curriculum priorities:
In the Australian Curriculum: The Arts, these priorities will have a strong but varying presence, depending on the subject. Icons or abbreviations indicate where cross-curriculum priorities have been identified in The Arts content descriptions and elaborations. Teachers may find further opportunities to incorporate explicit teaching of the priorities, depending on their choice of activities.
In the Australian Curriculum: The Arts, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures priority enriches understanding of the diversity of art-making practices in Australia and develops appreciation of the need to respond to artworks in ways that are culturally sensitive and responsible. The Arts explores the intrinsic value of the artworks and artists’ practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as well as their place and value within broader social, cultural, historical and political contexts.
The Australian Curriculum: The Arts enables the exploration of art forms produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Arts explores the way the relationships between People, Culture and Country/Place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples can be conveyed through a combination of art forms and their expression in living communities, and the way these build Identity. It develops understanding of the way Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts practices can involve combining art forms for both practical and cultural reasons. It recognises the way that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists work through and within communities in diverse contemporary, mediated and culturally endorsed ways, enabling artists to affirm connection with Country/Place, People and Culture.
In the Arts, students learn that the oral histories and belief systems of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are contained in and communicated through cultural expression in story, movement, song and visual traditions. They have opportunities to participate in a variety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art forms that are publicly available for broader participation. Students may also extend their cultural expression with appropriate community consultation and endorsement.
In the Australian Curriculum: The Arts, the Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia priority provides rich, engaging and diverse contexts in which students make and respond to artworks and explore their related cultural and social significance. This priority enables investigation of the role of the Arts in developing, maintaining and transforming cultural beliefs and practices and communicating an understanding of the rich cultural diversity of the Asia region.
The Australian Curriculum: The Arts examines art forms that have arisen from the rich and diverse belief systems and traditions of the Asia region. Students will consider the aesthetic qualities of these art forms as well as their local, regional and global influence. The Arts provides opportunities to explore how artistic collaboration takes place within and across countries of the Asia region, including Australia.
In The Australian Curriculum: The Arts, students engage with a variety of art forms, media, instruments and technologies of the Asia region. In doing so, they reflect on the intrinsic value of these artworks and artists’ practices as well as their place and value within broader social, cultural, historical and political contexts.
In the Australian Curriculum: The Arts, the Sustainability priority provides engaging and thought-provoking contexts in which to explore the nature of art making and responding.
The Sustainability priority enables the exploration of the role of the Arts in maintaining and transforming cultural practices, social systems and the relationships of people to their environment. Through making and responding in the Arts, students consider issues of sustainability in relation to the resource use and traditions in each of the Arts subjects. The Arts provides opportunities for students to express and develop world views, and to appreciate the need for collaboration within and between communities to implement more sustainable patterns of living.
In this learning area, students use the exploratory and creative platform of the Arts to advocate effective action for sustainability. This action is informed by a range of world views, and the need for social justice and ecosystem health. Students choose suitable art forms to communicate their developing understanding of the concept of sustainability and to persuade others to take action for sustainable futures.