Resources: Arts organisations provide advice and support to educators through assisting arts activities in schools.

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Managing Resources

Managing Resources

Australia has numerous major arts companies that serve national audiences and communities. This page links with those who have a clearly articulated mission to support teachers and schools.

Not surprisingly, Australia’s major cultural institutions have a mandate to support arts education. Consequently, teachers should not be coy about approaching major performing arts companies, galleries and music organisations for assistance. These organisations provide advice to educators and advocate for, and support, the arts generally. Service organisations assist arts activities through their networks and fund a variety of arts-based activities and projects. Support organisations provide advice on best arts practice, funding, industry news and professional development opportunities. Many organisations and their networks offer educators opportunities to collaborate.

Teachers should be on the lookout for organisations that offer students and teachers the chance to interact in both their physical environment and online. Increasingly, online interactivity allows teachers and students to not only download content but also upload content. This is an increasingly pervasive form of user-generated creativity; sites that allow students to access free audio files, images and music, and alter them to create and share their own inventions, are popular with students.

This page links with many of the finest resources to support teaching the five art forms that make up the Australian Curriculum: The Arts. The links below will you take you to a list of discipline-specific resources.

Media Arts
Visual Arts

These sites, rich with good ideas, can inspire both teachers and students. Our annotations will introduce you to each site and point you to the types of resources listed below.

These lists cannot ever be complete or fully comprehensive as organisations change purposes and new entities arise to support arts education. As circumstances change so will these lists, and readers are invited to contact us with their own commentary on these and emerging resources services.

Programs for schools

These resources list arts and cultural organisations that provide arts-based workshops, performances, site visits and artist in residence programs. Programs encourage imaginative engagement with themes and issues.

Lesson plans and worksheets

These resources contain step-by-step plans; ideas for activities in the classroom; stimulus material such as images, audio, articles and texts; and topics for discussion and further research. Many link to curriculum standards, expectations and learning outcomes.

Research and trends in arts education

These are resources that give educators an overview of research into the value of the arts in the classroom, ways of evaluating the effectiveness of the arts, case studies of successful arts projects, current policy and government reports.

Advice for educators

These kinds of resources provide general suggestions to educators hoping to implement arts curriculum in the classroom. They often provide general guidelines and are most useful for teachers starting out in the process of implementing the arts in schools, or for student teachers.

General resources around a theme

These resources offer stimulus material to students and educators around particular topics, issues or contemporary debates. They lend themselves to integration in subjects such as history, English, physical education, science, and technology.

Online interactivity

These sites offer students and educators the chance to interact within online spaces. They provide online games, interactive activities around themes and topics and applications for tablet and mobile devices. Most importantly, online interactivity allows users to download and upload content. This is an increasingly prevalent form of user-generated creativity that is popular with students; sites that allow students to access free audio files, images and music, and to alter them to create and share their own inventions.

This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.