Toyota Dream Car Art Contest - One Dream Car in the Style of Another

Toyota Dream Car Art Contest - One Dream Car in the Style of Another

Lesson 10 of 13 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 8
  • The Arts
  • ...

Lesson summary

In this lesson, students design a dream car and create an artwork to represent their ideas that will be submitted to the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest. This contest encourages and inspires creative expression and imagination in students – some amazing ideas are born from dreams! Students analyse the visual representations of their favourite artworks and compare their artwork to another artwork. They then select a message that is important to them and plan and create a dream car artwork that incorporates this message and that is in the style of one of the two artworks they analysed.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand how artists realise their ideas through different visual representations
  • understand how artists communicate a message through art
  • develop and practise art-making techniques

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • use and apply appropriate visual language and visual conventions
  • work collaboratively
  • plan and create artworks
  • use different drawing/painting techniques
  • engage in group and class discussion

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Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum content descriptions: 

Years 7 & 8 Visual Arts:

  • Experiment with visual arts conventions and techniques, including exploration of techniques used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to represent a theme, concept or idea in their artwork (ACAVAM118)
  • Develop planning skills for art-making by exploring techniques and processes used by different artists (ACAVAM120)
  • Practice techniques and processes to enhance the representation of ideas in their art-making (ACAVAM121)

Syllabus outcomes: VAS4.1, VAS4.3, VAS4.4, VAS4.5, VAS4.6.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Literacy.

Relevant parts of Year 7 and 8 Visual Arts achievement standards: Students identify and analyse how other artists use visual conventions and viewpoints to communicate ideas and apply this knowledge in their art making. They plan their art making in response to exploration of techniques and processes used in their own and others’ artworks, and demonstrate use of visual conventions, techniques and processes to communicate meaning in their artworks.

Unit of work: Toyota Dream Car Contest.

Time required: 120 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion, guide groups through activities and through creation of artworks. 

Resources required


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving

Additional info

The Toyota Dream Car Art Contest usually commences late October to early November and concludes late to early March. Find up-to-date entry details, prizes and full terms and conditions here.

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