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Learning task 6

Visual Art Learning Intentions:

We are learning to

  • identify the symbols artists use in their artwork and what they mean.

We will know we can do this when we can:

  • name the symbols artists use in their artwork and explain what the symbols could mean.

Language Learning Intentions:

We are learning to:

  • compare and contrast
  • express an opinion and justify it.

We will know we can do this when we can:

  • use "and" and "but"
  • use "I prefer… because…"
Key Competencies Thinking
Using language, symbols, and texts
Relating to others
Principles and Values Cultural Diversity
Innovation, Inquiry, and Curiosity

Reflecting on Home Learning:

Ask the students to share with a buddy the definitions that they wrote for their home learning after learning task 3.

Introduce the terms "compare" and "contrast" and discuss/ explain what each means (similarities and differences).

Share the learning intentions.

Equipment & Resources Needed:

Step 1:

Introduce two artworks, one by Michel Tuffery and one by Fatu Feu’u. Explain the task is to compare and contrast symbols used by the artists and record their ideas using a Venn diagram. Model comparing and contrasting using speaking frames and record ideas on an enlarged Venn diagram.

For example:
"Michel Tuffery, uses symbols such as the pili (lizard)."
"Fatu Feu’u, uses symbols such as masks."

Step 2:

The students work with a buddy to view and discuss both artworks and record their ideas on the Venn diagram (encourage and reinforce the use of speaking frames).

Step 3:

The teacher models the sentence forms for compare and contrast and then the students share their Venn diagrams with another group.

For example:
Contrast: "Fatu Feu’u uses symbols such as birds, but Michel Tuffery uses pilis (lizards)."
Compare: "Michel Tuffery uses symbols such as the four petalled flowers, and Fatu Feu’u also uses the four petalled flowers."

Step 4:

Drawing on what they have learned so far, the students fill in the "Artist Information" pages in their art journal (Word 70KB) . They include which symbols each artist uses and reflect on their learning and also show preference for which artist (Michel Tuffery or Fatu Feu’u) they prefer and the reasons why.

I prefer… artwork because…

Extra Activity: Siapo Symbols Matching

Students who finish their reflections can complete the Siapo Symbols (Word 232KB) matching activity. The students match traditional siapo symbols and the word card (English and Samoan). Allow students to visit http://www.siapo.com/design-elements.html for extra support and to find out more about what each symbol represents.

Published on: 09 Jan 2018