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Investigation - Approx: 1 Period

  1. In small groups discuss what a social or environmental issue is. List some key social and environmental issues.
  2. As a class combine these small group discussions and develop definitions for 'Social Issue' and 'Environmental Issue'.
  3. In small groups use a Lotus Blossom Diagram to investigate one of the DigiStore Assets. The aim of this activity is for each group to become the class experts on their particular asset. Each group will need a co-ordinator (to make sure the group completes the task), recorder (to write down the information you find out) and reporter (to give feedback to the rest of the class in the next task).When investigating the assets you should attempt to answer the following questions:
    • What is the social or environmental issue that the artist wants us to think about?
    • How do you know this?
    • How has the artist communicated their ideas about this issue?
    Remember, the answers to these questions will often come from the main branches of the Lotus Blossom Diagram (see 'Pisupo lua afe' (Corned beef 2000): A comment on imported goods ).
  4. Report back to the class, outlining the key features of your asset, and explain what you think the social or environmental issue the artist is commenting on is.

Producing the wearable art - Approx 8 Periods

  1. In pairs, brainstorm 'What are some environmental or social issues that we could make art works about?' You may want to refer to the list from the start of the previous lesson. Issues could include:
    • Obesity
    • Smoking
    • Pollution of a local waterway
    • Tagging in your neighbourhood
    • Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
  2. Join your pair with two other pairs to make a larger list of issues.
  3. Individually, working from the ideas that your group has listed, produce an art work that comments on a specific social or environmental issue. The art work should feature found material - in the style of 'Asiasi II' or 'Pisupo lua afe' (Corned beef 2000) .
    • Decide on the issue that will be the focus of your art work
    • Produce drawings of three different ideas for art works that comment on this issue (some ideas could include: A chip packet collage commenting on obesity; a plastic greenhouse commenting on global warming; a foetus surrounded by bottle tops)
    • Select the best of these ideas and make it better (this could include combining the most successful elements of their three ideas)
    • Produce the final art work
      • You will need to source your own found materials for the making of the art work. Many of these could be collected from around home and school. Your teacher may also provide a range of recycled items - bottles, food wrapping, magazines and newspapers etc.
      • You will need to work out how to assemble your art work. The way you do this will depend on the nature of the work itself. Your teacher will help you to find an assembly method that is most suitable for your particular project.
  4. Complete the Peer Assessment Sheet and hand it in with your design drawings and your final art work.

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