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Learning experience: Use the design process to produce a graphic design based on the theme 'Representations of Aotearoa New Zealand'

Investigation (UC, CI) - Approximately 1-2 periods

  1. In three groups (self or teacher-selected) students investigate the three collections of assets (Flags, Souvenirs, NZ Design). Each group will need a leader, recorder and reporter. When investigating the assets students should attempt to answer the following questions:
    • What do these items tell us about who we are as people of Aotearoa New Zealand?
    • How did we use these items to represent ourselves to the rest of the world?
  2. Each group reports back to the class the discoveries they have made, in relation to the set questions. Answers could be grouped according to the two questions.
  3. In three new groups students brainstorm 'What do we want to present to the rest of the world about who we are?'
  4. Each group contributes elements of their brainstorm to a whole-class brainstorm. All students will need a copy of this brainstorm to assist them with completion of the next task.
  5. In pairs, using the ideas they have collected during tasks 2 and 4, students fill in a Double Bubble to compare and contrast the elements of an Aotearoa New Zealand identity they want to get rid of, those they want to retain, and the new ones they want to include.

Design (DI, PK) - Approximately 6-7 periods

  1. Individually, working from the ideas that have been brainstormed, students produce a design for either a flag or a poster that shows the way they think Aotearoa New Zealand should present itself to the rest of the world.
  2. Students produce 5 thumbnail drawings of their ideas. (Students working on poster designs may benefit from looking at the book Paste Up - A Century of New Zealand Poster Art, by Hamish Thompson, 2003)
    • Select the best two of these ideas, and refine them (this will include sourcing appropriate images - from books, internet, hand drawn etc - for inclusion in the designs)
    • Join with two other students to critique their designs. 'What does this design show us about who we are as people of Aotearoa New Zealand?' 'What could be changed about it to make it more clearly show the ideas you are trying to communicate?'
    • Make the suggested changes
    • Produce a final copy of the poster or flag design (could be done digitally if facilities allow, or using colour pencil, cut paper, or screen printing).
  3. Present a class exhibition of 'Representations of Aotearoa New Zealand'.

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