The Arts Resources
Due to current circumstances, this page has been updated but will no longer be added to or maintained until further notice.
With the variety of The Arts, some sites are not topic specific but act as portals providing resources, association links, discussion forums, blogs, journals, magazines, … .
This page primarily looks at sites that have been developed in Australia, many with original resources.
Also check the separate Drama page for further resources.
Unless otherwise stated the resources are free.
Remember some sites are not Australian. Check carefully to be sure they conform to Australian requirements before use, e.g. spelling, terminology, guidelines, … .
- ASPA Education
The Why ASPA Education section provides information on a wide range of Performing Arts programs for schools including specialist song and dance workshops and professional development opportunities for teachers.
- Arts-POP - Managing
Resources, Visual Arts Resources
Well annotated links to resources from arts groups around Australia.
- Arts : Live
‘Jump on board this free and easy, interactive web application to facilitate collaboration and innovation across all five art forms in your classroom’.
‘Visual Art resources, ideas, tips, techniques, options and strategies for students and artists’.
‘Video art lessons and resource plans for primary schools, teachers and kids at home’. Free trial. Reasonable costs for nominated periods up to a year. Lessons run ‘on average, 8-12 minutes each’ and come complete with a lesson page.
- Aboriginal Art Education & Teacher Resources
‘This page presents quality educational resources that may be useful for teachers and educators in primary and secondary schools who would like to incorporate information about Australian Aboriginal artists and their art into lessons. The resources have either been developed or reviewed by Japingka Aboriginal Art Gallery using material artists have chosen to share’.
- Australian Art Teaching Resources
‘We currently have an array of resources from which teachers can choose from depending on the type of assignments they are planning for students. Every one of our resources can be tightly integrated into the school’s current annual curriculum, plus they can be customised based on every individual’ s needs’.
- Canva Collage Maker
‘Create stunning photo collages in Canva with our amazingly simple drag-and-drop design tool’. Free to join.
- Commedia con Corinna
‘Links with many school communities, organisations and groups to promote multiculturalism, world theatre and to demonstrate how Commedia dell’Arte can be a vehicle for the learning of many other art forms and theatre skills’. Provides shows, professional development and workshops for teachers and students.
- Draw Paint Academy
‘The information here is catered to anyone interested in the arts, whether that be someone who has never touched a paint brush to a more seasoned painter interested in improving. You will learn everything you need to know from the basics of drawing through to making the finishing touches on a painting. I will teach you the general tools and knowledge for you to build a solid foundation for the rest of your artistic journey’.
Education Departments, Boards, Other Bodies, …
- ASME Links
Includes, groups associations, state department areas, members specialist pages, more.
Department of Education, NSW. Curriculum Stages, further information, resources [via the stage sections], Safe working practices, more.
- Creative Arts K-6
NESA. Units of Work, resource links, work samples, more. There are links Visual arts resources here.
- K-12 Resources [Artsedge]
An extensive listing of likes covering all areas of The Arts.
Covers the Arts area. Filter by type, level, etc., using the options on the left.
- Teacher Support
SCSA, WA. Select, Search and Find resources for nominated curriculum areas.
You now need to be able to log in to access this site.
- The Arts
DET, Victoria. Links to resources, etc., in The Arts.
- The Arts Unit [NSW]
‘Responsible for dance, drama and music ensembles; runs camps and student workshops in dance, drama, choral and instrumental work; visual art exhibitions; debating, public speaking and spelling competitions; events and festivals; professional learning workshops and opportunities for teachers’; more.
- VCE resources
From AMUSE. General and specific resources.
You now need to be able to log in to access this site.
- Victorian Music Library
‘We aim to make the music collection available to our members who include orchestras, string ensembles, brass bands, school music departments, musicians, performers, students and music teachers’. Membership required. Costs are reasonable.
Galleries & Museums
- Digital Resources for Teachers and
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. ‘Access audio, video, photographs, artist statements and curatorial interpretation with a few clicks. Discover ideas for pre- and post-visit activities, and interactive teaching tools for the classroom’.
- Education Resources
The Art Gallery of Western Australia. Resource documents in PDF format.
- Education Resources K-12
National Gallery of Australia. ‘Aims to provide a wide variety of online learning resources for students, educators and families’.
- Resources QAGOMA
‘The Gallery develops education resources for primary and secondary levels for selected exhibitions as well as selected works in our Collection. Educators can adapt the resources to suit student age groups, contexts and learning needs’.
- Art History Teaching Resources
‘A peer-populated platform for art history teachers. AHTR is home to a constantly evolving and collectively authored online repository of art history teaching content including, but not limited to, lesson plans, video introductions to museums, book reviews, image clusters, and classroom and museum activities’.
- eResources - Arts & Humanities
National Library of Australia. Annotated links cover areas such as Art, Performance Arts, Music.
- Great Australian Albums
‘Will have interest and relevance for middle and senior secondary students studying a range of subjects including Music - Styles, Industry, History and Performance; English; Popular Culture; Australian Studies and Contemporary Culture’. 8 videos. EnhanceTV.
- Kids ‘n’ Music
‘Original and upbeat songs that reinforce the therapy concepts set in place by speech therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists’, more.
- Kimberley Rock Art :
Japingka Aboriginal Art Gallery. ‘We wanted to create accessible and accurate information about why this art is important and what we can learn from it’. Opens at an Overview, which is only one of five presentations.
Musical Competitions & ‘Spectaculars’
For links to competitions [rather than spectaculars], nationally and in various states/territories, go to the Competitions & Challenges page.
- Creative Generation
‘State Schools Onstage’. Queensland.
‘Fanfare is the biennial state-wide festival of bands and orchestras from Queensland state schools. It showcases the exciting music making that is occurring in school-based ensembles across the state’.
- Festival of Music [SA]
- Queensland Catholic Schools & Colleges Music Festival
- Rock Challenge Tasmania
- Schools Spectacular
New South Wales Schools Spectacular site.
- Victorian State Schools
‘Showcasing performing arts students by giving them the opportunity to take part in a professional and competition-free production’.
- West Australian Government Schools Music Society
‘Conducts seven or eight concerts annually with participation from about 100 schools, over 5 000 performers and audiences totalling 10 000 people’. All details are on the site.
‘Facilitates learning and development of students’ technical and artistic ability in dance, music and performance’. Based in Melbourne.
- Noteable Music Education Resources
‘Dedicated to creating and supplying top quality, great music education resources to music educators’. Most are fee-based, though several are free.
- Pixar in a Box
‘A behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs. You will be able to animate bouncing balls, build a swarm of robots, and make virtual fireworks explode’.
- Resources for Teachers [Australian
‘Engage your students with music of our time and place’.
- School Musicals
‘Written by teachers with school-based performances in mind’. Most are fee-based but reasonable in cost. Some free plays.
- School of Music Online
‘Bringing music education to the world through an interactive journey accessible to anyone’. This is not free, though costs seem reasonable.
- Shows for Schools
‘Find the right event for your students. Search under various criteria [in school/excursions, year level, term, curriculum area, more]. Send an Enquiry or Booking directly to the company’.
- The Arts Lessons [Australian
Filter by topic area.
- The Song Room
‘Our aim is to bridge the education equity gap for all Australian children by facilitating learning through the arts, starting with our most vulnerable groups and reaching all communities that lack specialist music and arts education’.
This catalogue covers five section of The Arts - Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts. Select the relevant section to select relevant resources.
A small collection. It includes two of the Bangarra Dance Troupe.
A small collection of videos relating to Shakespearean plays.
18 videos ranging from Elements of music to music from different countries and even to composing.
Visual Arts [Primary]
A small selection of videos covering areas such as The Cartoon and the arts of selected countries.
- Visual Arts Years 7-10
TES Australia. ‘Free resources for teaching visual arts, including artist worksheets, art lesson plans, art activities and other ideas for you to use with your students’.
- Zart Art
‘School and educational supplier of art and craft materials and resources. We also provide professional development workshops for teachers and educators of the visual arts’. Activities to do, products to create, a newsletter, special publications and more.