Teacher Toolkit

This Toolkit offers ‘How to’ Educator and Classroom Guides for teaching and applying the Code of Practice in the classroom, with content and learning outcomes linked to curriculums and syllabuses for all Australian states and territories.

Front page of three Classroom Guides.

Illustrations on covers by Claudia Chinyere Akole © 2022.

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The Teacher Toolkit is free to access for NAVA Members

New ‘How to’ Educator and Classroom Guides will be regularly added to the Teacher Toolkit. Future resources will be free to access for NAVA Members. NAVA encourages Visual Arts Educators to join with a Premium Membership or schools to join with an Organisation Membership which includes three logins for staff. 

Educators can preview five complimentary resources below. This pilot set of accessible PDF resources have been developed with funding from the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

'How to' Educator Guides

How to use the Code of Practice in the classroom

Front page of Educator Guide: How to use the Code of Practice in the classroom. The cover is pastel pink and includes an illustration by Claudia Chinyere Akole.

Educators, students and schools contribute to the Australian arts ecology and play an integral part in ensuring the future of our arts sector. This guide explains why it is essential for educators and students to learn about and use the Code of Practice for Visual Arts, Craft and Design in teaching and learning.

Read more about the Code of Practice at code.visualarts.net.au.


How to protect student artists' rights

Front page of Educator Guide: How to protect student artists' rights. The cover is pastel green and includes an illustration by Claudia Chinyere Akole.

This guide gives educators information on the rights of their students as artists as set out in the Code of Practice for Visual Arts, Craft and Design.

It provides ideas for teaching students about their legal and ethical rights as artists, as well as ideas for modelling good visual arts practices when interacting with artists and their work in education settings.

Read more about artists' rights in the Principles, Ethics and Rights chapter of the Code of Practice.


How to stage a student exhibition

Front page of Educator Guide: How to stage a student exhibition. The cover is pastel blue and includes an illustration by Claudia Chinyere Akole.

This guide assists educators in providing their students with experiences of professional visual art practice through staging an exhibition of their work.

It uses ideas from the Code of Practice for Visual Arts, Craft and Design to provide insightful tips and make recommendations about finding an exhibition space, developing an exhibition narrative, selling student artwork and planning an opening event.

Read more in the Exhibiting chapter of the Code of Practice.

Classroom Guides

Classroom Guides allow students to discover ideas, themes and topics from the Code of Practice for Visual Arts Craft and Design through the artist's voice.

The guides can be used in multiple ways – as a teacher reference, a classroom resource, a term unit or lesson presentation. They include learning objectives, good visual arts practices, talking points, a variety of authentic learning activities, images of artworks, art history, video and recommended resources.

NAVA recommends that all interactions with the activities and information included in these resources be accompanied by a viewing of the videos and hands-on exploration of the Code of Practice website.

What are The Artist Files?

The Artist Files explore all aspects of professional visual arts practice through the voice of contemporary Australian artists, craftspeople and designers. The archive of more than 100 videos is the largest collection in Australia of its kind. 

A simple and accessible way to bring living artists into the classroom, The Artist File videos are 3 to 10 minutes in length.


Sue Jo Wright | Access Rights for d/Deaf and Disabled People

First page of Sue Jo Wright Resource

In this Classroom Guide, students are introduced to Deaf art and culture through the work and practice of Deaf artist and Auslan user Sue Jo Wright. Students examine works of art created with photography, video and textiles and explore the Code of Practice section, Access Rights for d/Deaf and Disabled People.

Find out more about Access Rights for d/Deaf and Disabled People in the Code of Practice.


Jeanette James | Self-Determination

Cover of Classroom Guide about Self-Determination and Jeanette James. The background is sky blue and on the right is a work of art by Jeanette - a necklack made from echnida quills.

In this Classroom Guide, students explore the concept of ‘self-determination’ as it relates to the professional practice and work of contemporary Palawa artist Jeanette James and the evolving practice of Tasmanian Aboriginal shell necklace stringers.

Find out more about First Nations Self-Determination in the Code of Practice.

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Contact

Alise Hardy
Education Coordinator, Schools
alise@visualarts.net.au