Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this lesson, students design a dream car and create an artwork to represent their ideas that will be submitted to the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest. This contest encourages and inspires creative expression and imagination in students – some amazing ideas are born from dreams! Students analyse the visual representations of their favourite artworks and compare their artwork to another artwork. They then select a message that is important to them and plan and create a dream car artwork that incorporates this message and that is in the style of one of the two artworks they analysed.

The Toyota Dream Car Art Contest usually commences late October to early November and concludes late to early March. Find up-to-date entry details, prizes and full terms and conditions here.

Learning intentions:

  • Students understand how artists realise their ideas through different visual representations.
  • Students understand how to communicate a message through art.
  • Students will develop and practise art-making techniques.

21st century skills: 

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 planning skills for art-making by exploring techniques and processes used by different artists (ACAVAM120)
  • Practise techniques and processes to enhance representation of ideas in their art-making (ACAVAM121)

Syllabus outcomes: VAS4.1, VAS4.3, VAS4.4, VAS4.5, VAS4.6.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Literacy.

Relevant parts of Year 7 and 8 Visual Arts 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. They plan their art making in response to exploration of techniques and processes used in their own and others’ artworks, and demonstrate use of visual conventions, techniques and processes to communicate meaning in their artworks.

Topic: Creative thinking.

Unit of work: Toyota Dream Car Contest.

Time required: 120 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion, guide groups through activities and through creation of artworks. 

Resources required: Paper measuring no larger than 400mm x 550 mm (15.7-21.7in.) or A3 in size. Scrap paper for drafting. Drawing materials, including but not limited to: coloured pencils, pens/markers, crayons, paints, watercolour paints, etc. Student Worksheets – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a video to the class. Previous contest winners. Art Terminology Questions (one copy per two students, printed back to back). Enought internet enabled devices to facilitate small group work. A class set of the following artworks:

Keywords: Dream, car, art, message, visual conventions, visual representation, techniques, processes, Toyota. 

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 understand how artists realise their ideas through different visual representations.
  • Students understand how artists communicate a message through art.
  • Students will develop and practise art-making techniques.

Success criteria: Students can …

  • ... use and apply appropriate visual language and visual conventions.
  • ... work collaboratively.
  • ... plan and create artworks.
  • ... use different drawing/painting techniques.
  • ... engage in group and class discussion.

Teacher content information: The Toyota Dream Car Art Contest is a global contest held to inspire creative expression and imagination in children - some amazing ideas are born from dreams! Students wishing to enter the competition are required to draw or paint a picture of what they imagine their dream car will look like. There are three age categories: under 8s, 8 to 11, and 12 to 15.

Visit the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest website for further information an

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: What Is Your Favourite Artwork?

1. Have a close look at your favourite artwork and answer the following questions:

Which artwork did you choose? Who is the artist?

Why did you choose this artwork?

What message or meaning is evident in this artwork?

2. You will now compare the artwork you chose to a second artwork that your teacher will provide you. Look at the two artworks and record your answers to the following questions below, and make additional notes in the space around each artwork:

Compare the differences in visual art conventions between the two artworks.

Compare the differences between materials, techniques, technologies and art making processes used by the artists of these two artworks.

What moods or emotions do these artworks create and how do they do it? How do they compare?

Planning Your Artwork

3. What message have you chosen to convey in your artwork? Write it here:

Use the following questions to help you plan your dream car:

What features wi

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