Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this lesson of theory and art making students will learn about the role of an art curator before working in pairs to design their own online art exhibition around a theme of their choosing. Students will continue their learning by creating an original artwork for inclusion into their online exhibition. 

 

Faber-Castell has long understood the importance of creativity to all people, especially to young people. It is also continuously searching for environmentally friendly processes and high-quality materials to enhance children’s creative experience throughout every development phase. For more information about Faber-Castell, click here.

 

Learning intentions:

  • Students understand the role of an art curator.
  • Students use curation skills to analyse the key messages and aesthetics of artworks. 
  • Students use a range of art making techniques to create works that comment on a social issue.

21st century skills:

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 9 & 10 Visual Arts 

  • Manipulate materials, techniques, technologies and processes to develop and represent their own artistic intentions (ACAVAM126)
  • Develop and refine techniques and processes to represent ideas and subject matter (ACAVAM127)
  • Plan and design artworks that represent artistic intention (ACAVAM128)
  • Analyse a range of visual artworks from contemporary and past times to explore differing viewpoints and enrich their visual art-making, starting with Australian artworks, including those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and consider international artworks (ACAVAR131)  

Syllabus outcomes: VAS5.5, VAS5.6, VAS5.7, VAS5.8, VAS5.9, VAS5.10

General capabilities:  Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability.

Relevant parts of Year 9 & 10 achievement standards: Students evaluate artworks and displays from different cultures, times and places. They analyse connections between visual conventions, practices and viewpoints that represent their own and others’ ideas. Students manipulate materials, techniques and processes to develop and refine techniques and processes to represent ideas and subject matter in their artworks.

Topic: Sustainability, Social Issues.

Unit of work: Creative Sustainability – Visual Arts – Year 9 & 10.

Time required: 180 min.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion, online learning activities and independent art making.

Resources required: Student Worksheets – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a video to the class. Internet enabled devices/laptops/computers – one per student. Various art making materials. ‘Curate an Online Exhibition’ task description (editable version here).

Keywords:  Art, exhibition, curation, sustainability, social sustainability.

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 the role of an art curator.
  • Students use curation skills to analyse the key messages and aesthetics of artworks. 
  • Students use a range of art making techniques to create works that comment on a social issue.

Success criteria:

  • Students analyse a range of artworks' underlying messages.
  • Students write a series of short texts to express their opinions on a range of artworks.
  • Students choose and utilise appropriate art making techniques in their practice.

Teacher content information: Sustainability describes the ability to keep going at the same rate and in the same (or better) condition as before. In order for our world to be able to sustain us, as well as the generations to come, we need to change. It’s time to think differently – and more creatively – about sustainability and the future of our planet.

Creativity and approaching challenges in a creative way has traditionally been seen as a natural gift,

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: 85% of Australians believe that the arts make for a more rich and meaningful life…

(Source - Australian Council of the Arts http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/workspace/uploads/files/arts-nation-final-27-feb-54f5f492882da.pdf)

Make a list of skills that an art curator would need.

 

Use the exhibition that you have chosen to answer the following questions:

  1. List the following details of the exhibition
  • Museum

  • Title and/or theme

  • Dates of exhibition

  • Artists (if there are over 5 artists in this exhibition, select 5 that your group feel are the most important)

2. Do you think the theme of the exhibition would be clear if you only saw the artworks? Why/Why not?

3. List the ways that the curator has attempted to convey the theme of this exhibition:

Reflection

Refer to the list of curator skills that the class created at the start of this lesson. Considering the online exhibition you curated, respond to the following questions:

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