ABC Splash - Vidoes, games, digibooks, audio and many other resources suitable for junior secondary:
National Draft the Arts.
As the national curriculum is rolled out, it is important to see how our teaching areas are being shaped. There are no specifics yet as in Visual, Music, and Drama etc. But keep up dating this link to see how our nation is regarding the teaching of the arts.



  • Cubism is a very famous art movement. This can be used to help the students develop their skills for different types of art. This powerpoint is more directed at year 10 or early year 11. This gives a step by step to give more direction for the students.

Now for a worksheet or home work sheet on Cubism. This resources is very detailed and gets the students to understand Cubism and some of its artists.

Principles and Elements of Visual Design (Junior Years)
  • The following links are for homework sheets for all the principles and elements of visual design -- use these as a scaffold and re-work on what is available here to create activites and further worksheets.

This next homework sheet is a start off point for the studenst to understand and apply what they have learnt about the elemenst and principles of design.
Homework Sheet 7

Finally, below is an example for an exam using these homework sheets. Again, use only as a scaffold and work off this to make it your own.

  • Its really important for studenst to understand the elemenst and principles of design. This handout is essential for junior visual art students, if the students aren't able to understand and apply elements and principles of design, it will be harder for them later.
Elements of Design
Elements of Art
Principles of Design

  • This powerpoint 'Portrait for Contours' is a first step for junior students to understand the first element of line. It gives some tasks for students to apply their knowledge and gain some skills. The most important slide is number 15, that is more relevant to the students learning the different types of line and how to use them.

  • Another skill that is great for students to learn is about using proportion. Here is a worksheet that uses the face for students to practice on. I would give this to a junior class, because they are still learning the elements and principles of design.

To help the teacher explain proportion to the students and to give them a step by step direction and to help with different angles of the face is in this powerpoint.

Enhance TV: Art and Soul
Relevant for upper primary and secondary students, this study guide, offers an enriching and enlightening introduction to the history of Indigenous culture and art practice in Australia.

Senior Years

  • This powerpoint covers Scale, Pop Art, context of artworks and distortion, was created for a senior environment.

  • A great way for students to remember each style in the art movements is to complete this sheet, whether it be in a exam or during class wheer the students can work in groups.
Quiz on Art Movements


Helpful YouTube Clips:

This YouTube clip illustrates the amazing talent of the international singing group, The Voca People. Using only vocals to create their unique sound, this clip is a great addition to vocal units at both primary and secondary levels.
TheJRDCProductions. (2010, August 30). The Voca People (New edited version)[video file]. Video posted to

This YouTube clip shows that the fun of music can change people's behaviour and attitues for the better. This is a entertaining video to watch and could be used in enhance a music unit at any age level. Rolighetsteorin. (2009, October 7). Piano Stairs - The Fun Theory [Video file]. Video posted to

Once you've opened this page, you will need to click on the 'Make your own GOODWILL MIX" link and then it should open up the mixer.

  • Music - Count Us In: Registration is now open for this innovative national school music event, in which students around Australia will sing simultaneously. The event is designed to enhance the status and quality of music education in Australian schools.

Student games, quizzes and activities:

  • Skype in the Classroom - - Meet new people, discover new cultures and connect with classes from around the world, all without leaving the classroom. This resources allows teachers from around the world to collagorate on projects, connect with other teachers and to discover new teaching inspiration. Skype Limited. (2011) Skype in the Classroom. Retrieved 2nd December 2011 from

Teacher Resources

  • Book - "Music education in your hands: an introduction for future teachers": This book outlines, step by step the details of teaching music to students. It is a very helpful read to pre-service or beginning teachers, but also a great resources for those teachers who wish to stay current with the direction for music education today and in the future. Mark, M.L., Madura, P. (2010). Music Education in Your Hands: An Introduction for Future Teachers. New York, USA; Taylor & Francis.


Teaching Drama:

Drama in the ESL Classroom
Davis, J. (2011). Drama in the ESL Classroom. Retrieved August 10, 2011 from;
This website is dedicated to providing drama resources for teachers with students who are learning English as a second language. The site displays information on the many aspects of drama, such as; improvisation, scriptwriting, process drama etc. It explains the different concepts and has links which will direct viewers to further resources on the topic of drama in the ESL classroom.

Drama Resource
Farmer, D. (2011). Drama Resource. Retrieved August 10, 2011 from;
'Drama resource' is an online search engine for people wishing to investigate into the exciting world of creative arts. Here, people can learn about the different strategies associated with drama education and how to successfully implement these techniques in the classroom. There are also many drama games with easy to understand instructions on how to effectively participate in the drama based warm-up activities. As well as many other fun and exciting resources associated with learning through drama.

Let’s hear what QSA has to say:
Though this is not a direct link for student / teacher resources, the following links from the QSA are important for drama teachers to read and utilize when planning, assessing and reviewing units of work, making sure the content and lesson work towards QSA learning outcomes. Having it here is also handy when needing to refer it for assignments in university.

This link will take you to the syllabus for 11/12 students.

This link will take you to the drama literacy for year 9 students.

The Pattern of Art-Making
Abbs, P. (1989). 'The Pattern of Art-Making', in P Abbs (ed.), The symbolic order: a contemporary reader on the arts debate. London, UK: Falmer Press.
The Patterns of art making is an insightful article to be used as a basis for teachers in educating students on the transitions for drama and art. This process involves many transitionary steps to help with learning in a dramatic medium. This approach is suitable for any age group and aids in creating flow in the activities by structuring the lessons in a way which continuously moves forward. This structure involves but is not limited to; an initial response, response to the stimulus, reflection etc. Overall this is a great article to help teachers develop a productive drama teaching structure.

Drama and Learning
Heathcote, D. (1984). 'Drama and Learning', in L. Johnson & C. O'Neill (eds,), Dorothy Heathcote: collective writings on education and drama. London, UK: Hutchinson.
Dorothy Heathcote is an amazing practitioner in drama education. Her teaching strategy and pedagogy are inspirational. This article contains information on the activities she advises others to adopt in order to allow their students to benefit from the learning experience. These activities can be undertaken for any age group; however, her imagery activities would most likely be better received by younger students. I strongly suggest for anyone who is interested in drama education to read this article; Heathcote has an amazingly joyful mind which compels students to learn.

Norris, J. (1998). 'TIE/DIE: listening to the voices of the audience', NADIE Journal, vol.22, no.1.
The process of TIE (Theatre in Education) and DIE (Drama in Education) are effective methods of introducing a new learning content to students. This process is founded on the idea of an arts group visiting a school and running interactive activities with the students. A strong emphasis should be placed on the student's quality of cognition while maintaining a fun conclusive production after leading workshops on the chosen education topic, with reflection and discussion. This article contains information on these TIE and DIE processes which are a great resource for teachers.

Key Elements of Drama:

Cash, J. (2011). The Drama Teacher: The Twelve Dramatic Elements. Retrieved August 13, 2011 from;
While this site also contains much information and many resources on drama in education, it's most founding point is its section on the twelve elements of drama. It is essential when teaching students to get them to first understand these elements, otherwise they won't know the expectations for their performances and their analysis of other presentations will fall below par. The twelve elements of drama are: focus, tension, timing, rhythm, contrast, mood, space, language, sound, symbol, conflict, and climax. Use this site to enhance your students' learning on the basic aspects of drama.

Encyclopaedia Dramatica:
*Needlands, J. Goode, T. (2000). Structuring Drama Work, A handbook of the available forms in
theatre and drama. United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.*
This book is a one stop drama teaching handbook. It goes through stages of development within performing and critiquing dramatic arts, while also offering examples of games for any skill level of class. For a year 9 class this book can be used to explore the concrete concepts of performing such as time, focus, character, situation and relationships. This book can then be a resource for a senior drama class (11-12). Offering suggestions on how to teach and focus workshops on symbolism, absurdist, epic and political theatre. This book is fantastic to help to research topics, plan lessons and review your own creative self, highly recommended for any drama teacher or substitute.

Drama Dictionary
Lexiteria, LLC.(2010). Theatre. Retrieved: 14thAugust 2011. Retrieved from:
This website is extremely useful when wanting to know the meaning of a word or phase linked to Drama. The website contains a glossary of different theatre terms which fit under a range of different headings. Due to the fact that the definitions are easy to comprehend, I would recommend this website for any age; however, the use of a different resource in addition to this one may be necessary when seeking a range of in-depth information but this depends on the word you are searching.

Activities and Games:

Games for Actors and Non-Actors
Boal, A. (1992). Games for actors and non-actors (2nd ed.). London: Routledge.
This book is a must have for all Drama teachers. 'Games for Actors and Non-Actors', written by the famous Boal, is filled with countless games designed for a range of different purposes. Not only does this book describe the game, but it also describes its relevance for actors and the different uses for the activities. Some examples of the types of games included are: muscular, sensory, memory, focus, power, imagination and emotion. This is a useful text to use when looking for activities which will help your students get in touch with the different characters they play. I recommend this book for all ages as most of the activities can be easily adapted to suit the age group you are working with.
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Drama and Learning
Heathcote, D. (1984). 'Drama and Learning', in L. Johnson & C. O'Neill (eds,), Dorothy Heathcote: collective writings on education and drama. London, UK: Hutchinson.
Dorothy Heathcote is an amazing practitioner in drama education. Her teaching strategy and pedagogy are inspirational. This article contains information on the activities she advises others to adopt in order to allow their students to benefit from the learning experience. These activities can be undertaken for any age group however her imagery activities would most likely be more well received by younger students. I strongly suggest for anyone who is interested in drama education to read this article, Heathcote has an amazingly joyful mind which compels students to learn.
Improv Encyclopedia
Improv encyclopedia. (2008). Improv encyclopedia.Retrieved: 13th August 2011. Retrieved from:
This website is a fantastic resource when looking for way for students to improve their improviseation skills. The site contains everything to do with improviseation and has particular focus on improvisation activities suitable for a range of different age groups and situations.

Understanding Texts:

Comprehending Shakespeare and other classics
Sparknotes. (2010). Sparknotes. Retrieved: 12th August 2011. Retrieved from:
Sparknotes is an incredibly popular website, and it is also incredibly useful, particularly when it comes to anything, Shakespeare. For all of Shakespeare's works, Sparknotes provides its readers with a modern translation, helping both you and your students understand what Shakespeare means. Sparknotes is also a great starting point when reading all classics as it talks about the themes and symbolism within the text. Although students should not use Sparknotes as an excuse for not reading the plays, Sparknotes is a fantastic resource to be used in conjunction with the play and other study material.
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Workshops and Experiences

Right under our nose:
USQ Artworks is a fantastic place to inspire and nurture creative ingenuity.
Shakespeare in the Park Festival is an enjoyable twist on the classic master of theatre. This traveling show offers theatre in a way that modern audiences are not accustomed to. The company also offers workshops to classes from local schools. A great chance to see dramatic content in practice for any year level. Plus to talk to semi/ maybe even professional actors and crews.
A great friend to have for those to expose students to the world of theatre.
The La boite theatre in Brisbane has a growing reputation for bridging the gap between theatre and the community. Offering workshops for schools, resources for teachers such as videos and production notes, as well as a community that teachers can share and communicate with professionals and fellow colleagues. This page will lead you to the for schools section. From here just find what you are looking for.
Trinity Guildhall Exams- Speech and Drama
Trinity Guildhall London. (2010). Speech and drama. Retrieved: 12thAugust 2011. Retrieved from:
This is the link to the Trinity Guildhall London website with information about their speech and drama exams in Australia. Trinity Guildhall London offers exams in a range of different Drama subjects and there are exams suitable for a range of different ages with the exams ranging from grade 1-8 and then through to performing arts diplomas. These exams are perfect for the students who have a special interest in drama and would like to take their stu
dies beyond the classroom. These exams offer students the opportunity to explore a range of different drama techniques and also look at some important speech and drama theory.
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Toowoomba Eisteddfod
Toowoomba eisteddfod. (2010). City of toowoomba eisteddfod inc. Retrieved: 14th August 2011. Retrieved from:
Encouraging students to participate in the annual drama eisteddfod is a fantastic way to give students the opportunity to improve their acting skills, receive feedback and gain confidence by presenting in front of a large crowd. The eisteddfod is always a great experience and will help learners who want to extend their studies, improve immensely and gain more confidence. The eisteddfod offers sections for people of all ages, meaning that everyone can have a go.


I would recommend that this topic be used for the later part or grade eleven or grade twelve. By this stage students should know the basic elements of film productions and how to create a film.

Screen Media: Analysing Film and Television – Textbook – p.190-195
Stadler, J., & McWilliam, . (2009). Screen Media: Analysing Film and Television. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin.
This book goes through all the elements that are important when creating any type of media. Pages 190-195 go through specially want elements need to be included for a film to be a documentary.

An Introduction to Television Studies – Textbook – p.200-203
Bignell, J. (2008). An Introduction to Television Studies (2nd ed.). New York, USA: Routledge.
This book is similar to the above book; however it does not go as in depth with the element that are required for a film to be a documentary. It talks about how documentary can influence society and it provides some examples. Please note that this book is British and the example will relate to British society.

ABC TV Documentaries – Website -
ABC. (2011). TV Documentaries. Retrieved August 14, 2011, from

The ABC is known for their good documentaries. There are a lot of documentaries out there; however you only really want students to study good documentaries. This web page has a number of past and present documentaries that can be viewed and read about.

SBS Documentary – Website -
SBS. (2011). SBS Documentary. Retrieved August 14, 2011, from

Just like the ABC, the SBS is also known for their good documentaries. Some of the documentaries on this web page look into Indigenous culture as well as hard hitting social or political stories. The ABC and SBS provide many documentaries from different cultural and social aspects to help show a wide variety of documentaries.

Wiki How – How to Create a Good Documentary Film – Website –
Wiki How. (2011). How to Create a Good Documentary Film. Retrieved August 14, 2011, from

This wiki goes through step by step of how to create a good documentary. It is helpful to know that elements of a documentary and to watch good documentaries, but sometime knowing where to start and where to go are important. This wiki explains, in everyday language, how to make a documentary that will help students when they are feeling lost or confused.

Expert Village – How to Make a Documentary Film: Equipment for Making a Documentary Film – You Tube -
Expert Village. (2008). How to Make a Documentary Film: Equipment for Making a Documentary Film. Retrieved August 14, 2011, from

It is also helpful to watch a movie about the steps and what is needed to make a documentary. Expert Village has created fifteen information videos and published them on You Tube. This is the first video. At the bottom of the screen you should be able to scroll across and watch the other fourteen videos. These cover elements such as equipment, music and subject matter.

New York Film Academy – Website –
New York Film Academy. (n.d.). Documentary Filmmaking. Retrieved August 14, 2011, from

The New York Film Academy had facilities all around the world. They provide training and workshops to help encourage and educate your inner film maker. This web page is directly associated with documentary film making.

QSA Syllabus – Film, Television and New Media Senior – Document
Queensland Studies Authority. (2005). Film, Television and New Media Senior Syllabus. Spring Hill, QLD: The State of Queensland.
It is always important to ensure that your unit/study ideas a line with the Queensland Studies Authority. This document is to the Senior Film, Television and New Media Syllabus. Having a unit about creating documentaries should a line with the Queensland Studies Authority; however it is always better to check when creating work programs.