Using this resource
Each of the following inquiry stages includes discussion prompts and activities to use before, during and after your visit or virtual excursion to We Change the World. They can be adapted for use with one artwork from the exhibition, or several, or with any of the exhibition themes: Environment and place, Activism and protest, Celebrating the everyday and Shaping the future. Before you start, you might like to choose an artwork or theme to explore.
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- What does change mean to me? What changes have you experienced or created?
- Brainstorm examples of change. Create a mind map.
- Discuss whether these changes are considered positive or negative or both.
- Record student responses using a Plus, Minus, Interesting (PMI) chart.
- Brainstorm examples of people who have an impact on our society. Consider personal, local and global issues and changemakers.
- What jobs or roles do they have?
- What impact do they have?
- What do they do to create change?
- Why do they do it?
- Did you consider any artists in your discussion? Why or why not? What role might an artist or designer have in responding to or advocating for change?
Explore and research the artworks, the exhibition themes and their relationship to the concept of change. Use the exhibition information and NGV resources to support your investigations.
- What are your initial thoughts, reactions and responses to the work of art or design? Turn and talk with a partner.
- Describe the work of art or design. Think about features such as the colour, size, subject matter, materials and techniques used.
- What might the artist or designer wish to communicate through this work? What clues does the artist or designer give to convey this?
- What do we know about the artist or designer? How has this influenced their work?
Use the thinking routine Connect, Extend, Challenge1 to review your thinking, express new understandings and ask more questions. The aim is to make sense of the new information gathered and further extend your thinking to new ideas or situations.
- How is the artwork and the ideas and information presented connected to something you know about?
Discuss how the work of art or design connects to the related exhibition theme and the concept of change.
- What new ideas or impressions do you have that extended or broadened your thinking in new directions?
Has the work of art or design changed or influenced your thinking about particular issues?
- What is challenging or confusing? What further questions or wonderings might you have?
Can you explore these new wonderings further?
I used to think…Now I think…2
Support students to evaluate the learning and knowledge gained throughout their inquiry. Use the thinking routine I Used to Think…Now I think…to make connections back to the central idea of Change and related exhibition themes and/or artworks.
- Review the essential questions introduced in the Engage phase of Inquiry:
- What does Change mean to me?
- How do art or design create or influence change?
- For each question, have students complete the following sentence stems and record their responses on a T-Chart:
- I used to think…
- Now I think…
- Reflect on your responses.
- What new learning or discoveries have you made?
- How has your thinking changed throughout your inquiry?
Be a changemaker
Encourage students to reflect on how they can be changemakers. The aim is for students to think about what they can do to create or make change, in any way. This could be a small change we can make in our own lives or expanded to change in our local community, or even the world! Use the final question of inquiry to support your discussion: How can I be a changemaker for the change I would like to see?
You might like to create your own artwork inspired by the exhibition, or to inspire a change you care about. Use the Great art ideas linked below to get you started.