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The strands in art history

Understanding art history in context

Art history provides a context for the exploration of ideas, themes, narratives, and social/political histories.

Students connect with the values, beliefs, technologies, and philosophies of a range of societies and places and peoples.

They develop knowledge of the context, looking at the purposes and functions of art that exist in past and present cultures, in local, Aotearoa, and global environments.

They learn to understand art conventions and appreciate the influences on artists that determine progress, change, revolution, and production in the visual arts.

Teachers scaffold learning to identify and examine the significance of relationships between the artist, art works, visual culture, audience, society, patrons, and tradition.

Developing ideas in art history

Students understand convention and invention through artists’ ideas and practice. They investigate how ideas develop and transform.

This enables students to explain how artists work and understand the systematic approach to the development of ideas.

Communicating and interpreting in art history

Students develop understanding of meanings, intentions, and functions of visual arts and culture in Aotearoa and wider contexts.

They consider, explain, and evaluate the relationship between the design, production, and construction of art works and the artists’ communication and expression. They reflect on continuity and change through invention.

Through histories of the past and their local, contemporary, and future worlds, students learn how to analyse, interpret, and communicate responses to the diversity of visual culture and visual arts as agents of change.

Students use language, symbols, and text to communicate experiences and responses through their study of art history.

They create and communicate new meanings and knowledge, practised and applied through studying verbal, written, and visual texts that stimulate and capture change and innovation.

Students make connections between the study of art history and visual arts practice through their application of understanding about the processes, techniques, and media used by artists.

When considering established practice, or looking at how artists develop their ideas, students can transfer and embody the practices implicit in art making.

Last updated November 22, 2011