As students in this learning design have had little or no
prior background in music or visual arts, the reading and
reference material as well as the learning tasks are designed
to help them gain an understanding of the general theory and
practice involved in both disciplines. The content of the
learning design is structured around both making and appraising
music and visual arts. Therefore, students are able to compose
and perform music and create visual art works while also analysing
and appreciating the work of other artists (in both a past
and present social and cultural context).
The challenge has been to support students in their development
of artistic knowledge and skills without the aid of continual
direct face-to-face teaching. This is largely because there
is a strong performative aspect to both of these art forms.
Students enrolled in past years have said that keeping regular
communication with others in the class group assisted them
in their studies and gave them a collective identity as well
as important moral support. Another important aspect of the
online experience was that students were able to share and
critique their own and each others performances or artworks.
It was also an opportunity for students to begin to discuss
issues related to teaching the creative arts in a primary