Brief To redesign a mural in the year 9 and 10 breezeway. The theme is to be about the Australian Landscape and be influenced by the following Australian artists:
Howard Arkley Jeffrey Smart Margaret Preston John Brack Hans Heysen Sidney Nolan Fred Williams Dorritt Black Tom Roberts Grace Cossington Smith
Students will work in pairs and be allocated an Australian artist to study.
The breeze way will be divided into panels and each pair will be allocated a section. Each section will represent the style and techniques associated with the artist being studied.
As a group, students will take photographs of landscapes and use and one of these original images for the overall mural.
The image must be an original image.
What is the Australian landscape - urban city seascape rural (Grid/four sections)
Dusty Paddocks - Trinity/Playford Council Area 50years
Each section in this image has been completed in using different styles, however each section makes up the larger overall image.
Research the artist you have been allocated. Collect images by the artist, specifically of landscapes or technically significant images. Investigate the technical qualities of the artists. E.g Dorritt Black: bolding rendered outlines of foot hills, Margaret Preston: Bold lino cuts or Jeffrey Smart: Realism with focus on geometry.
Discuss your research: What defines a landscape? What does an Australian Landscape look like? Consider seascape, rural, urban or city. Which category does your artist fit under? How has your artist achieved the visual quality of their work? This requires you to not only look at images but read information about your artists' techniques, art movement and the social/political climate at the time of their careers.
Group Activity (Include in Research)
Be an advocate for your artist!
1. You will be paired with another student. (Repeat this process so that you are aware of two other Australian Artists and can introduce them to the class)
2. Compare and contrast the visual qualities, ideas and techniques of your artist. Share ideas about your artist with the other group to ensure you each have all the facts of each other's artist.
3. Devise a set of reasons as to why your artists/style of painting is the 'best'.
You must give informed reasons for your answer.
4. Present your findings to the class (informal)
Attend excursion to Blackham and or Mt. Lofty (TBC). Use this excursion to collect images, take thumbnail sketches and have discussions with your group about the landscape.
The ideation in your sketchbook will include:
Images of landscapes taken yourself
Thumbnail sketches of your ideas (consider adding a contemporary twist to your image)
Painting samples and experiments in the style of your artist. Experiment with technique and colour mixing.
As a group, select an image you wish to use as the overall image for the mural.
In pairs decide on the techniques you will use (in line with the artist studied). Begin creating your section of the mural in pairs on the breezeway wall
This is an example of an image that could be used. However, this is a collaborative task and you will need to work with your group to decide on the final image.
Individually, write a 250 word practitioners statement.
This will include the project intent (refer back to brief), problems you encountered and artists you were inspired by. See Practitioner's statement handout.