Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this Visual Arts lesson, students will explore the achievements of Indigenous Australian artist, Judy Watson. They will use Watson’s art installation, Koori Floor, as a stimulus piece from which to create their own design for a temporary installation on a footpath or concrete area at their school. The actual installation can be implemented in the second half of this lesson or in a subsequent lesson. Students will gain insight into the methods used by modern Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists that can enable people to engage with themes important to all Australians.

Created in partnership with education specialists, OfficeMax and the Teter Mek foundation: a national program around the preservation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. 

 

Learning intentions:

  • Students understand that art can be used to convey social messages.
  • Students understand how to communicate a message through art.
  • Students will understand some of the tools and features artists use to create art.
  • Students will develop and practise art-making techniques.

21st century skills:

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 9 and 10 Visual Arts

  • Conceptualise and develop representations of themes, concepts or subject matter to experiment with their developing personal style, reflecting on the styles of artists, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists (ACAVAM125)
  • Plan and design artworks that represent artistic intention (ACAVAM128)
  • Evaluate how representations communicate artistic intentions in artworks they make and view to inform their future art making (ACAVAR130)

Syllabus outcomes: VAS5.1, VAS5.3, VAS5.4, VAS5.5, VAS5.7, VAS5.10.

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding, Intercultural Understanding.

Cross-curriculum priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.

Relevant parts of Years 9 and 10 Visual Arts Achievement Standards:: Students evaluate how representations communicate artistic intentions in artworks they make and view. Students 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.

Topic: NAIDOC Week.

Unit of work: Celebrating Culture – Years 3-10

Time required: 60+ mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding:  Medium – The teacher will lead students through the class project. Scaffolding can be added to suit the needs of individuals.

Resources required: Student Worksheets – one copy per student. A device capable of presenting images to the class. Coloured chalk, preferably jumbo chalk sticks designed for street art. A3 paper. Pencils and erasers. Judy Watson Artwork Information.

Keywords: Judy Watson, Koori Floor, installation art.

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions:

  • Students understand that art can be used to convey social messages.
  • Students understand how to communicate a message through art.
  • Students will understand some of the tools and features artists use to create art.
  • Students will develop and practise art-making techniques.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... analyse the techniques used in artwork to convey a theme.
  • ... solve design problems and create intentional designs.
  • ... use and apply appropriate visual language and visual conventions.
  • ... plan and create an artwork with a message/theme.
  • ... engage in group and class discussion.
  • ... work independently and collaboratively.
  • ... implement design ideas to create an art installation.

Teacher content information: This resource was produced in partnership with the Teter Mek foundation: a national program around the preservation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. It is designed to encourage school childr

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: How can an art project be used as a unifying tool in a community?

Exploring Koori Floor

Once you have looked at the artworks by Judy Watson and read through the information about this artwork, work in groups to discuss your responses to this artwork using the following questions (NOTE: You can discuss your ideas in your pairs, however each student needs to record their own answers in their own words):

What do you see in this artwork?

What does this artwork make you think about?

What did you find interesting or important about this artwork?

What does this artwork make you wonder? What questions do you have about this artwork?

Designing an installation

You will now work in groups to design an artwork that will be installed in the space identified by your teacher. Each group focus on one of the four features used in the Koori Floor artwork: 

  1. Colour
  2. Form
  3. Natural items
  4. Found objects 

Your teacher will assign your group one of these features. Wri

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