The Best Materials

The Best Materials

Lesson 5 of 6 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • The Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Economic
  • Design Thinking
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Lesson summary

In this lesson, students learn about some basic concepts regarding sustainable fashion. They will enjoy a practical workshop where they will make accessories (patches) from reclaimed materials.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • explore concepts pertaining to sustainable fashion
  • design their own hoodies using reclaimed materials.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • understand and explain the role of sustainable fashion
  • create new work using reclaimed materials.

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Lesson details

21st Century Skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Ethical understanding
  • Prototyping

Curriculum Mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content description: Visual Arts

  • experiment with visual conventions, visual arts processes and materials to refine skills and develop personal expression (AC9AVA10D01)
  • reflect on the way they and other visual artists respond to influences to inspire, develop and resolve choices they make in their own visual arts practice (AC9AVA10D02)
  • select and manipulate visual conventions, visual arts processes and/or materials to create artworks that reflect personal expression, and represent and/or challenge, ideas, perspectives and/or meaning (AC9AVA10C02)

General capabilities: LiteracyPersonal and Social CapabilityIntercultural UnderstandingCritical and Creative Thinking

Syllabus outcomes:

  • Visual Arts, Practice, Outcome 5.1: Develops range and autonomy in selecting and applying visual arts conventions and procedures to make artworks
  • Visual Arts, Representation, Outcome 5.4: Investigate the world as a source of ideas, concepts and subject matter in the visual arts
  • Visual Arts, Resolution, Outcome 5.6: Demonstrates developing technical accomplishment and refinement in making artworks

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability

Relevant parts of Year 9 & 10 achievement standards: Students can analyse how and why visual conventions, visual arts processes and materials are manipulated in artworks they create and/or experience. Students draw on inspiration from multiple sources to generate and develop ideas for artwork. They document and reflect on their own visual arts practice. They use knowledge of visual conventions, visual arts processes and materials to create artworks that represent and/or communicate ideas, perspectives and/or meaning.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Target 4.1 - By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes.

Target 4.5 - By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations.

Target 4.7 - By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.

UN SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 

Target 12.5 - By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse

Target 12.8 - By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature.

Resources Required

  • Access to AIME Podcast: ReclAIMEd
  • Access to internet links embedded in the lessons 
  • Access to personal devices and to the app Good On You 
  • Device capable of presenting audio and video to the class
  • Student Worksheets - one copy per student
  • Writing and sketching materials - pens, pencils, art journals, paper 
  • Art supplies of reclaimed materials, such as bags of off-cuts, recycled material, old clothes, rags etc. 
  • Scissors, needles and thread (kept with the teacher), craft glue

Additional Info

In the Making of a Hoodie Podcast, the host, Jack Manning Bancroft, gathers with groups of unlikely connections to dive deep on challenges, topics and issues, explore guest stories and design a hoodie together to collectively represent them.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium - facilitation of design and discussion

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