How is our class community like a great artwork?
By the end of Year 4, students describe and discuss similarities and differences between artworks they make, present and view. They discuss how they and others use visual conventions in artworks. Students collaborate to plan and make artworks that are inspired by artworks they experience. They use visual conventions, techniques and processes to communicate their ideas.
(This idea is based on an idea by dmasse)
Students are presented with a presentation (or chart or handout) that outlines some of the basic design principles of Visual Art. (Summary of principles of design by J Paul Getty Museum)
They view a photo of artwork from Lea Anderson's Imitation Organics series and discuss the principles of design apparent in this work.
Students are provided with pieces of paper in analogous colours (eg orange, yellow, red or blue, purple, green or green, yellow, orange etc). They draw a freehand circle and create a design within the circle using coloured pencils or crayons. The circles are cut out and arranged to make a collaborative artwork.
Students look at the finished artwork and discuss the principles of design that they can see they have used well.
Students reflect on how the collaborative artwork has some attributes that are similar to those of a good community. (Link to Religion unit) Words describing community are displayed with the artwork.