Learning objects Found art: outback

TLF ID L3629

Explore a remote location and create a design using objects found in a woolshed, camp fire, bush and scrap heap. Plan a design to create a functional object. Choose objects and materials. Use tools to arrange elements of your design such as size, position and tone. Arrange the materials to create new meanings. Look at aspects such as composition, contrast, juxtaposition, perspective and repetition. Review and revise your work. Describe how you could use your design to work with real objects. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students investigate techniques and methods used to create new meanings in an artistic work.
  • Students bring new meaning to objects by using or positioning them within a new context of understanding and regime of signs.
  • Students use a range of materials to construct an artwork to communicate a specific meaning.
  • Students evaluate and reflect on their own creative process and evolution of ideas.
Educational value
  • Helps students to manipulate visual properties of found objects and arrange them into new compositions to reflect a theme.
  • Introduces key concepts related to transformation: juxtaposition, composition, perspective, repetition and contrast.
  • Provides a selection of tools (scale, tone, move and rotate) and materials for students to manipulate objects.
  • Provides an interactive workbook and screen captures for students to evaluate and reflect on their own creative process and artwork.
  • Prompts students to describe their reasons for choice of theme, selection of objects, use of tools, awareness of site, audience and potential durability of their design.
  • Includes an option for students to print their completed image, design review and reflections on the creative process.
Year level

7; 8; 9; 10

Learning area
  • arts;
  • Technologies
  • Arts/Visual arts
    • Arts/Feelings
    • Arts/Ideas
    • Arts/Improvisation
    • Arts/Visual arts
    • Arts/Arrangement
    • Arts/Arts elements
    • Arts/Arts expression
    • Arts/Composition
    • Arts/Technology
    • Technology/Aesthetics
    • Technology/Critique
    • Technology/Change
    • Technology/Characteristics
    • Technology/Design
    • Technology/Common materials
    • Technology/Design brief
    • Knowledge;
    • Comprehension;
    • Application;
    • Analysis;
    • Evaluation
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Abstraction;
    • Practical activity
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Script writer
    • Name: Nigel Evans
    • Organisation: CWA New Media
    • Address: Wellington 6011 New Zealand
    • URL: http://www.cwa.co.nz/
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Graham Price
    • Organisation: CWA New Media
    • Address: Wellington 6011 New Zealand
    • URL: http://www.cwa.co.nz/
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 09 Oct 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
    Access profile
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
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