Indigenous Service Artwork Analysis workbook

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We've designed this workbook for students to commemorate the service of First Nations Australians through art. You could present the artwork on a large screen in class as your students work through the activities. The workbook can be printed for students without a device.

This artwork analysis helps students identify the symbols of commemoration. It's not a comprehensive look at defence force operations but rather a view of how we can commemorate the jobs people did in the past and continue to do in service of Australia.

The workbook links to information pages, books, videos and biographies elsewhere on this website. Some activities may also have links to pages on the Australian War Memorial website and the Sir John Monash Centre website.

Series: Indigenous Service Workbooks
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Teacher notes

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Teaching sensitivities

Teachers should note that some of the situations recounted in this resource from different times may use terminology or describe experiences and perspectives that are confronting or considered inappropriate today. This includes the treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and descriptions of wars and conflicts. Teachers are advised to be sensitive to the perspectives and emotions of students while using this resource.

Australian Curriculum

This workbook link to the Australian Curriculum (Version 8.4).

Year 9 Visual Arts

  • Analyse a range of visual artworks from contemporary and past times to explore differing viewpoints and enrich their visual art-making, starting with Australian artworks, including those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and consider international artworks.
  • Evaluate how representations communicate artistic intentions in artworks they make and view to inform their future art making.
  • Investigate the ways that First Nations Australian artists celebrate and challenge multiple perspectives of Australian identity through their artworks and visual arts practice.

Learning intentions

  • Understand different symbols used to commemorate the service of First Nations Australians.
  • Understand the story or message behind artwork created by Ellen Jose.


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