Teachers and Students

Artful Thinking

Artful Thinking is a strategy to encourage students to look at and interpret art and develop deep thinking processes. There are six defined Artful Thinking strategies. Questioning and Investigating is considered particularly relevant for this resource as students make careful observations, thoughtful interpretations, develop their curiosity and research matters of interest.

Artful thinking [PDF, 1.17 Mb]

Information and communication technology

Students are encouraged to see themselves as young artists and model the development of their artwork on the approach employed in this resource. Students interview each other, record this using web cam, video or other technology, they film their places of importance and reflect on the development of their identity as they collage together their ideas, responses and art making to present dynamic evidence of their learning using the interactive whiteboard.

Victorian Essential Learning Standards

The learning activities are designed for students at level 4 and 5 with reference to:

  • Personal learning: The individual learner
  • The Arts: Exploring and responding, Creating and making
  • English: Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening
  • The Humanities: History, Geography
  • ICT for visualising thinking
  • ICT for creating
  • Thinking processes: Creativity


Teachers are encouraged to develop assessment girds that are relevant for their curriculum focus and reflect the interdisciplinary nature of this curriculum unit.

Students engage in self evaluation, develop their reflective practice skills and demonstrate responsibility for recording their learning throughout the unit. Students may develop online, visual and oral journals to record this development using a range of digital processes. Presentations to peers, year level assemblies and parent information sessions are encouraged.