Coward Punch - Make An Impact With Art

Coward Punch - Make An Impact With Art

Lesson 7 of 8 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • The Arts
  • Social
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Health
  • Social Action
  • ...

Lesson summary

In this lesson, students will explore the impact that artists can have on the general public. They will analyse and develop an artwork that aims to challenge the viewer’s thinking on violence and eliminate the coward punch from society.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand that artists play a pivotal role in disseminating contemporary issues and topics
  • develop and refine artistic ideas that challenge thinking about the coward punch
  • learn how to effectively annotate their artworks.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • analyse an artwork for its impact on the viewer
  • create an artwork that challenges social views on violence
  • annotate their artwork using appropriate language to justify their concept.

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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum content descriptions: 

Years 9 & 10 Visual Arts:

  • Develop and refine techniques and processes to represent ideas and subject matter (ACAVAM127)
  • Plan and design artworks that represent artistic intention (ACAVAM128)

Syllabus outcomes: VAS5.5, VAS5.6

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking

Relevant parts of Years 9 & 10 achievement standards: 
Students evaluate how representations communicate artistic intentions in artworks they make and view. They evaluate artworks and displays from different cultures, times and places. Students manipulate materials, techniques and processes to develop and refine techniques and processes to represent ideas and subject matter in their artworks.

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

Time required: 180+ mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion

Resources required

  • A device capable of visuals/videos to the class
  • Art materials


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Empathy
  • Ethical understanding

Additional info

These resources have been designed in partnership with Danny Green's STOP the Coward's Punch campaign.

Danny Green’s STOP the Coward Punch campaign was started in 2012 with the aim of raising awareness of the devastating effects of the coward punch on the community, including the physical and mental scars survivors, families and friends are left with for life.

STOP the Coward Punch believes in the right of all people to enjoy themselves, safely and free from violence. With support from entertainers, athletes, community leaders, politicians and everyday Australians, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the simple precautions we – as a community and as individuals – can take to ensure safe and enjoyable outings and, ultimately, reduce the number of coward punch occurrences in our communities.

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