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Creative Inquiry: Visual Art for Queensland Senior Secondary Students


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Creative Inquiry: Visual Art for Queensland Senior Secondary Students is a new print and digital resource package written explicitly for the new Visual Art syllabus by a highly experienced team of practising teachers and curriculum developers. 

The perfect classroom resource for single-year or combined Year 11 and 12 classes, Creative Inquiry provides everything needed to comprehensively cover the syllabus and prepare students for success in their internal and external assessments.

Closely aligned with the new QLD senior Visual Art syllabus, Creative Inquiry:

  • draws on the inquiry learning model and its four areas of study – developing, researching, reflecting and resolving – to explore the interconnectedness of making and responding to art and to develop a better understanding of how we communicate meaning as both artists and audience.
  • unpacks the syllabus objectives in the introductory chapters, covering the terminology, techniques and requirements that students need to master from the syllabus. 
  • structures the remaining chapters around the four key unit concepts – Art as lensArt as codeArt as knowledge and Art as alternate – and the relevant focuses, contexts and media areas that frame each unit. 
  • embraces the Reverse Chronology approach to investigate contemporary and historical arts practice, encouraging students to take the work of the contemporary artist as a starting point from which to explore the ideas, events, traditions and techniques that influence artists, styles and practices. 
  • explores local and international artists that are featured explicitly in the syllabus and provides detailed case studies of carefully selected key artists to demonstrate the diversity of 21st century art practices.

Comprehensive assessment support:

  • encourages and stimulates students to fully engage with the concepts, techniques and materials they need to produce their own portfolios of work.
  • provides ample opportunity for students to practise written responses in preparation for both their internal and external written assessments.


PDF Textbook updated 29 August 2019.

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  • Chapter 1 Introduction [PDF 1Mb]

  • Chapter 2 Creative inquiry frameworks [PDF 2Mb]

  • Chapter 3 Making meaning through art [PDF 4Mb]

  • Chapter 4 Responding to art [PDF 1Mb]

  • Chapter 5 Generating solutions to visual problems [PDF 5Mb]

  • Chapter 6 A lens to explore the material world [PDF 4Mb]

  • Chapter 7 Semiotics in visual art [PDF 11Mb]

  • Chapter 8 Art as a coded visual language [PDF 16.1Mb]

  • Chapter 9 Constructing knowledge as artist and audience [PDF 11Mb]

  • Chapter 10 Assessment [PDF 4.6Mb]

  • Chapter 11 Creating alternate meanings [PDF 5Mb]

  • Chapter 12 Assessment [PDF 4Mb]

  • Glossary [PDF 130Kb]

  • Index [PDF 171Kb]

  • Acknowledgements [PDF 82Kb]

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    Chapter 1

    Chapter 2

    Bligh Tanner and the role of the engineer in art
    TED talk: Nathalie Miebach's sculptures

    Chapter 3

    Chapter 5

    Joachim Froese's exhibition: What is Nature?
    Luke Roberts on Wunderkammer/Kunstkamera 1994
    Daniel McKewen: Kafka on the Shore, 2014
    Fiona Hall discusses 'Tender'

    Chapter 6

    Joachim Froese: Photographs/Fotografien 1999-2008
    Joachim Froese talks about the Archive series
    Froese, J - Doctorate of Philosophy thesis

    Chapter 7

    Elisa Jane Carmichael on Our Dreaming

    Chapter 8

    Abdul Abdullah interview about You see monsters
    Judy Watson's Antipodean Currents - catalogue
    Judy Watson on The names of places - interview transcript

    Chapter 9

    Defying Empire exhibition
    Water dreaming interview with Jill Chism
    Brian Robinson on Up in the Heavens
    Brian Robinson wins the Western Australian Indigenous Art Award 2013
    Jacqueline Scotcher: Wayfaring exhibition
    Jacqueline Scotcher: Trilogy exhibition
    Jacqueline Scotcher: Interior Exterior exhibition
    Jacqueline Scotcher's Doctorate of Philosophy

    Chapter 11

    QCA artist and his passion - Michael Zavros
    Michael Zavros - Creative Art Works, Ted Talk
    Julie Fragar on her inquiry through painting
    Michael Zavros on The Lioness
    Video sample of Lick by Elizabeth Willing
    Judith Ryan - 'Greg Semu: The Raft of the Tagata Pasifika (People of the Pacific)'
    Julia Humphry - Ken Yonetani's The Art of Destruction
    Australian Art Collector artist interview: Michael Zavros

    Chapter 25

    Chapter 7
    Print book, p. 147
    Reverse chronology, Fig 7.56
    The first instance of the artist’s surname should be Connelly-Northey (not Connolly-Northey).


    Jo-Anne Hine, Andrew Peachey, Julie Seidel, Leanne Shead, Dani Towers, Angela Brown (McCormack)