Making Maritime Memories

– A Visual Arts enrichment program to celebrate Sydney’s maritime history

Program Overview

This Visual Arts enrichment project is designed to support Stage 5 Visual Art students. The program will integrate the key outcomes of the Sustainability Education Policy for Schools with the Stage 5 Visual Arts syllabus outcomes. The focus is for students to appreciate the importance of protecting and celebrating Sydney’s maritime heritage in and around Millers Point, Walsh Bay and Darling Harbour East, and to express this appreciation through creating a concept for a public artwork that will celebrate maritime heritage.

Students will be engaged in art making practice using a range of forms (including digital photography, drawing and installations) within different frames (particularly the cultural frame) and the conceptual framework, to explore how the built environment is represented and how artists use the environment to make artworks. The workshop will involve students working individually or collaboratively in pairs to produce the artwork. The relationship between the world and the artwork, and the use of built and social environments as a source of ideas will be investigated.

Students will:

  • Undertake pre-visit research (see below) to investigate the heritage of Millers Point, Walsh Bay and Darling Harbour East, and to investigate site specific public and environmental art.
  • Walk through the study area to learn about the maritime history and built environment of Millers Point, Walsh Bay and Darling Harbour East. This will provide inspiration for the development of the student’s public artwork concept. Students will be collecting textures, shapes and forms on iPads, cameras and in their Visual Arts Diary.
  • Use this information in an artmaking exercise and begin developing a concept plan for a public artwork. Students will use an installation concept template to begin documenting their proposed conceptional approach to the scope (artists brief) provided for Headland Park, currently under construction as part of the Barangaroo Redevelopment in Darling Harbour.  Students may like to consider installations like digital works, animations, projections, sculpture or murals.
  • Present their proposal in draft form as part of a sharing session to their peers.
  • Follow up to the workshop back at school by completing the concept template and submitting this back to the centre.
  • Teachers may decide to encourage students to create a real public artwork with a different conceptional brief for the school playground either as an individual artwork or a collaborative artwork piece.

Syllabus Outcomes

  • 5.2 makes artworks informed by their understanding of the function of and relationships between artist – artwork – world – audience
  • 5.4 investigates the world as a source of ideas, concepts and subject matter in the visual arts
  • 5.5 makes informed choices to develop and extend concepts and different meanings in their artworks

Teachers Notes

The Teachers Notes will further explain the program including syllabus links and the program schedule.

It would be appreciated if teacher could have students complete the Fieldwork Evaluation Form below to give feedback about their fieldwork.

Making Maritime Memories Movie Trailer

View the Making Maritime Memories Movie Trailer to find out more about the fieldwork component of the program.

Risk Assessment Pro Forma – Making Maritime Memories

Student Pre-visit Activities

1. Students should view the pre-visit materials that will introduce the project and the concept behind the program. They will be working on an Artists Concept Brief to develop a Site Specific public art installation (mock up) to be situated at the new Headland Park, Barangaroo. The installation will celebrate Sydney’s maritime heritage. The resources will help them to understand the site, select and curate images during the workshop day and develop a concept proposal for their artwork that addresses the brief.

2. Students should also view a completed Sample Conceptual Framework Template. This sample proposal can be used as a guide to help students with their own proposals.

Follow up activity

Students can use the blank Conceptual Framework Template to complete their concept proposal. Please have students complete these and email them to Observatory Hill EEC at [email protected]

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