Image for

This course helps participants to teach art history and art criticism for years 7 to 12. For Years 7 to 10 they employ analogies from the practices of forensic science and crime detection to investigate what art historians and art critics do and how artworks deliver meaning to audiences. They explore strategies to assist students in their art historical and art critical writing. For senior students, the course includes approaches for deeper learning and writing of art historical/art critical narratives. It addresses content for all Australian visual arts syllabuses and the Australian Arts Curriculum. Ideas will be explored in the following areas – European Classical to 19th century art, Modernism, Postmodernism, Indigenous, Australian, American, Pacific, African, Asian and Islamic art. Participants will receive pictorial teaching resources as well as summaries and tables.

How to Enrol

This is an online course by Teacher Training Australia. Our courses are hosted on Open Learning, however if you want to get involved, find the course on our TTA Website and enrol.

The Team

Karina Barley       1274 kudos

Taking education into the 21st Century Karina Barley - M.Ed. is an internationally recognized educational consultant, specializing in autism education and 21st...

TTA Admin       79 kudos

CONTACT US by phone or email with your enquiries If you are having trouble with your course you can visit the HELP page, or feel free to CONTACT US. Please not...

Janet Rentz       76 kudos

Hello everyone, I'm a teacher for this course and I can't wait to learn with all of you.

TTA Support       0 kudos

TTA Support Staff...

The Community

97 Students           356 Comments

More Information


Primary & Secondary Teachers, Special Education Teachers & Inclusion Co-ordinators, Education Leaders


Session Outline

1. Introduction to the course

30 minutes

Summary of course, introduction of facilitator and participants. Navigating the site and how to use software.


2. Planning the Defence -– A Framework for Teaching Art History and Art Criticism

1 hour

Participants will be introduced to course objectives and course outline. They will have access to a glossary resource that ensures that everyone is using the same terms. They will consider ‘typical problems address when teaching art and history and art appreciation’. Finally participants will outline a scope and sequence for addressing art historical content .


3. Setting the Scene – Art and Context

2 hours and 30 minutes

Understanding context for teaching art history, appreciating how beliefs, attitudes and viewpoints inform artmaking practice and the functions and purposes of art. Addressing strategies for teaching art history and art criticism.


4. The Contemporary Scene - Modernist and Postmodernist Practice
1 hour and 30 minutes

Understanding how the last two centuries and historic events, politics and beliefs have informed artmaking practice. Addressing strategies for art historical and art critical arguments.


5.The Perpetrator – Who are Artists and What do They do?

2 hours

Appreciating how time and place influence who are artists and what is their artistic practice – their choices and actions and ideas communicated in artworks.


6. Hard Evidence – Art Historical Facts, Art Critical Claims and Audiences

1 hour and 30 minutes

Addressing art historical and art critical practice with a focus on audiences and meanings delivered to them.

Constructing art historical and art critical accounts.


7. Closing the Case – Bodies of Work and Case Studies

1 hour

Exploring artists’ bodies of work in presenting case studies. Creating art historical/art critical narratives. Closing the case.


PD Hours

This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.

Related Courses

Status: Closed

Students: 97