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Confidence in media processes

Analysis – what learning is happening here?

  • Visual art – developing ideas and developing practical knowledge.
  • Education for sustainability – biodiversity and interconnectedness.

Key competencies

Participating and contributing, Relating to others, Thinking

The whole class was into the paint; they showed a real development in their knowledge of colour mixing, using sponges and rollers, taking risks, and feeling confident about decisions they made. Those who were able could discuss their decisions and spoke enthusiastically about their work and their classmates’ work throughout each session. (communicating and interpreting).

I knew how much they enjoyed it because of the number of works they completed, their concentration and focus, and the way they experimented with mixing (developing practical knowledge), choosing and asking for specific colours and items. The support staff were just as enthusiastic as the children and following this session they asked if they could mount and frame some of the bird stencils not used in the big panel (understanding the arts in context).

Learning areas

Level 1 the arts: Developing Ideas: visual arts

  • Investigate visual ideas in response to a variety of motivations, observation and imagination.

Level 1 the arts: Developing Practical Knowledge: visual arts

  • Explore a variety of materials and tools and discover elements and selected principles.

Level 1 the arts: Communicating and Interpreting: visual arts

  • Share the ideas, feelings, and stories communicated by their own and others’ objects and images.

Level 1 the arts: Understanding the Arts in Context: visual arts

  • Share ideas about how and why their own and others’ works are made and their purpose, value, and context.

Education for Sustainability: education in the environment, education about the environment (Refer pp 14 Guidelines for Environmental Education in New Zealand Schools 1999; Principle of Future Focus pp 9. The New Zealand Curriculum 2007).


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