Learning in and through the Arts involves the development of understanding and knowledge of informed and effective participation not only in the Arts but also in other learning areas. The most obvious learning area connections occur with English, History and Geography because the Arts embody some of the most significant and recognisable works, products and records of all cultures. The Arts can also provide a range of pedagogies for use across learning areas in the curriculum.
Some Arts subjects have direct relationships with other learning areas within the Australian Curriculum and are described below. Relationships with other subjects in the Australian Curriculum will be added as they are published.
The Arts and English complement each other and strengthen student learning in many ways. Skills developed in English and the Arts include exploring, interpreting and responding to texts and artworks, and creating texts/works using a variety of media and forms. Through the study of the Arts, students learn how to engage with artworks with critical discernment and how to create their own artworks as ways of understanding and communicating about the world. In their studies of both English and the Arts, they encounter representations of the past, the present and the future that demonstrate the power of language and symbol, and they learn to extend the range of their own expression. These skills are developed across a range of forms, including art, dance, photography, film, music, media artworks and playwriting.
Drama and Media Arts have a strong focus on language, texts and narrative, and aspects of these two Arts subjects are taught as part of English. With the convergence of different textual forms and the growing importance for students to be able to create and critique new concepts, Media Arts and Visual Arts help students to create multimodal artworks and understand the codes and conventions that are used to communicate meaning.
Students are curious about their personal world and are interested in exploring it. Through the Arts, as in Geography, students explore their immediate experience and their own sense of place, space and environment. Learning about their own place, and building a connection with it, also contributes to their sense of identity and belonging. The Australian Curriculum: The Arts supports the approach of Geography using local place as the initial focus for learning, while recognising that young students are also aware of and interested in more distant places. The curriculum provides opportunities to build on this curiosity. As they engage with the Arts, students find out about the ways they are connected to places throughout the world by exploring artworks from other places and cultural groups in their community, investigating the origin of familiar products and analysing world events.
The skills taught in The Arts include communicating with others about, comprehending and researching artworks from the past, reinforcing learning in History. Studying artworks from a range of historical, social and cultural contexts helps students understand the perspectives and contributions of people from the past. Students undertake research, read texts with critical discernment and create artworks and texts that present the results of historical understanding.
In the Arts and Mathematics, students build their understanding of relationships between time and space, rhythm and line through engagement with a variety of art forms and mathematical ideas. Art making requires the use and understanding of measurement in the manipulation of space, time and form. Creating patterns in the Arts involves counting, measurement and design in different ways across the various art forms.
In both Visual Arts and Mathematics, students learn about size, scale, shape, pattern, proportion and orientation. These concepts are also explored in Dance, Drama and Media Arts through design concepts and the design process in these art forms. Links between Music and Mathematics initially focus on time and rhythm.
There is a strong relationship between the development of observational skills, imaginative speculation and encouragement of curiosity and questioning within the scientific and artistic explorations of real and imagined worlds. Design may be employed when developing new products or solutions to problems. The Arts provides opportunities for students to explore and communicate scientific ideas and to develop and practise techniques. These include making artworks that present an understanding of how systems in plants and animals work together or using the materials, techniques and processes of photography to investigate light and the properties of colour, illusion, and matter. Music, Drama and Dance may be utilised to challenge thinking about scientific issues which affect society.