Appropriation within Visual Arts

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Subjects: Arts, Appropriation, Context, Painting

For students of 10th to 10th grade.

Unit Topic: Culture and Art	Lesson Topic: Appropriation within Visual Arts	Yr Level: 10
Lesson Number: 1	 	

Unit Aim or Outcome: 
Students to examine the ideas of appropriation within Visual Arts, with a particular focus on the adaptation of historical paintings by Indigenous artist, Dan Boyd.

Lesson Outcome: 

Students will compare and contrast the colonial painting by E. Phillip Fox ‘The Landing of Captain Cook at Botany Bay, 1770’ (1902) and the contemporary painting by Indigenous artist Dan Boyd ‘We Call Them Pirates Out Here’ (2006) to explore the notion of appropriation within Visual Arts. Students will explore viewpoints and context and analyse both works, reflecting on the altered contexts of the images through the appropriated visual representations. Students will begin brainstorming other historical paintings to appropriate into their own personal context.


PowerPoint presentation
Appropriation task sheet

Lesson Outline

•	Class discussion utilising popsticks method of formative assessment about notions of appropriation and context
•	Introduce works of Australian artists E. Phillip Fox and Dan Boyd via presentation
•	Compare and contrast artists and artworks in whole class discussion, acknowledging importance of Boyd’s use of appropriation to alter the context of the original painting
•	Complete the appropriation task sheet in pairs

Teaching strategy/Learning Activity:
	Teacher will....

Communicate ideas about appropriation and context 

Question students’ knowledge of appropriation

Model appropriate Visual Arts terminologies when comparing and contrasting artworks

Scaffold design process with alternative appropriation examples within Visual Arts

Students will ……

Discuss and reflect upon notion of appropriation and context and the importance of this within Visual Arts.
Respond to artists in journals about possible viewpoints and contexts
Develop list of historical paintings they associate with and could use to appropriate into their own context and synthesize reasoning behind choice
Begin design and appropriation process in journals 

Concluding strategy:

Recap over notion of appropriation within Visual Arts, question students about their understanding. 
Question students how they believe appropriation can be utilised to alter context within an artwork, and how would they use appropriation within their own work?

Use ‘exit card’ assessment for learning strategy to gain understanding of level of comprehension about notion of appropriation and context by students at end of introductory lesson
Formative assessment on observational level throughout class
Formative assessment on appropriation worksheet
Journal work indicative of appropriate terminology when reflecting on artists and own designing process
Completed and resolved appropriated historical painting altered to represent a personal context will be assessed at end of unit

Any special considerations or contingency plans: 

Consider any Indigenous students within class as Boyd’s work may contain images of deceased Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people. If so, ensure students aware before visual presentation. 

Ensure timeline of lesson and unit plan succinct as time constraints may occur with production of appropriated painting by students.