Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this art lesson, students will be presented with a brief to create an art concept that shows the physical and emotional effects of the coward’s punch. Through portfolio work, they will conduct research, explore ways to enhance their concept and experiment with various materials, techniques, technologies and processes.

Coward Punch logo​​The STOP the Coward Punch education package aims to spread awareness about the devastating effects of the coward punch on our community. ​​This education package was developed by a team of experts, including a youth worker, education specialist and specialist teachers and references the latest research and laws on coward punches.


Learning intentions:

  • Students will experiment with visual arts conventions and techniques
  • Students will develop an artistic idea or concept in response to a brief.

21st century skills: 

CommunicatingCreative Thinking

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Years 7 & 8 Visual Arts:

  • Experiment with visual arts conventions and techniques, including exploration of techniques used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to represent a theme, concept or idea in their artwork (ACAVAM118)
  • Develop ways to enhance their intentions as artists through exploration of how artists use materials, techniques, technologies and processes (ACAVAM119)

Syllabus outcomes: VAS4.1, VAS4.3, VAS4.4

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking

Relevant parts of Years 7 & 8 achievement standards: Students identify and analyse how other artists use visual conventions and viewpoints to communicate ideas and apply this knowledge in their art making. Students plan their art making in response to exploration of techniques and processes used in their own and others’ artworks. They demonstrate use of visual conventions, techniques and processes to communicate meaning in their artworks.

Topic: Social Issues, Creative Thinking

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work STOP the Coward Punch: The Arts – Years 7 to 10.

Time required: 120+ mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion.

Resources required:

Related professional development: Strategies for Dealing with Aggressive and Violent Behaviours

Keywords: art, visual arts, concepts, ideas, techniques, process, materials, portfolio, coward punch, violence

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • … experiment with visual arts conventions and techniques
  • … develop an artistic idea or concept in response to a brief.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … formulate an idea in response to an artist brief
  • … conduct research to inspire new artistic ideas
  • … explore various materials, techniques, technologies and processes to create an idea or concept.

Teacher content information:

The STOP the Coward Punch campaign
STOP the Coward Punch by Danny Green aims to eliminate the coward punch from society and save lives in the process. Since 2000, over 172 Australians have been killed by a coward punch and many more were injured. The coward punch leaves a devastating ripple through society, mentally and physically scarring family, friends and survivors for life. The STOP the Coward Punch campaign began in 2012 to raise awareness of the devastating impact of this scourge in our society. It aims to educate people about

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