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.
- 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
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.
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.