Transcript of Step 1: the research stage video

Transcript of Step 1: the research stage video

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SOPHIA ALEXIADIS: In the research stage I aim to increase the students’ knowledge on the subject matter to give them an opportunity to link it to their existing knowledge and their experiences and to consolidate and expand on the knowledge that they’re gaining in other KLAs. It’s also the time when I introduce artworks from other artists so they can build on their appreciation skills, get inspiration from those artworks and think about the intention.

Reconciliation is a process aimed at building relationships between Australia’s Indigenous people and other Australians. It’s about building respect and trust. We’ve been learning a bit about this lately. Is there anything more you can add to that? Paris.

PARIS (STUDENT): Understanding the importance of the land.

SOPHIA ALEXIADIS: Ahmad.

AHMAD (STUDENT): Being fair to everyone.

SOPHIA ALEXIADIS: Janet.

JANET: Fixing mistakes and making things right.

SOPHIA ALEXIADIS: I want to introduce the word ‘sacred’ into our discussion now. I want you to think pair share, what you know about this word and how it might be relevant to our discussion today. Turn to each other now.

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SOPHIA ALEXIADIS: Okay, well done, facing the front again. What did you come up with? Who’s got an answer? What did you think sacred meant? Or how is it important to our discussion today? Gabriel.

GABRIEL (STUDENT): I think sacred meant like ancient and very important.

SOPHIA ALEXIADIS: Anybody else? Menna.

MENNA (STUDENT): I think it’s like a tradition that passes down from generation to generation.

SOPHIA ALEXIADIS: Can you think of somewhere or something that’s really important and special to your family and to your community? Can you imagine if someone or some group of people were treating that special place or special object in a disrespectful way or an inappropriate way, how that would make you feel?

STUDENT: Sad and depressed because that’s where my family go.

SOPHIA ALEXIADIS: In pairs you’ve had time to research on the internet about significant events that have taken place in the Reconciliation process, what did you find out? Maarij.

MAARIJ (STUDENT): I found out about the Sorry speech that Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd did.

SOPHIA ALEXIADIS: Rahab.

RAHAB (STUDENT): I found out about the Sorry Walk at the Harbour Bridge.

SOPHIA ALEXIADIS: Artists often use symbols in their artworks to represent meaning. The theme for our artwork is Always Was Always Will Be. Let’s look at the word ‘always’ and come up with some synonyms for that. Who can offer some suggestions? Anita.

ANITA (STUDENT): Infinity.

SOPHIA ALEXIADIS: Infinity, good. And Lile.

LILE (STUDENT): Long lasting.

SOPHIA ALEXIADIS: Long lasting. So, you’ve given me some suggestions for synonyms for always, the theme of our artwork. Thinking about those words now, can you think of some symbols to represent their meaning? Gabe.

GABE (STUDENT): A sideways eight.

SOPHIA ALEXIADIS: The infinity symbol which you might have seen in mathematics which means to continue on indefinitely. Any other symbols perhaps ones that don’t have a beginning or an end and they can represent always in that way? Mariam.

MARIAM (STUDENT): A spiral.

SOPHIA ALEXIADIS: A spiral because it can continue in both directions. So, we’ve looked at a number of artworks by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. We’ve seen examples of rock paintings, rock carvings, bark paintings, weavings, masks, sculptures, sand drawings. And we’ve also looked at contemporary style artworks by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. We’ve noticed that some use more traditional patterns and natural earth colours and we’ve seen some use modern techniques and all sorts of colours and media.

So, we’ve seen images by artist Bronwyn Bancroft, these magical, beautiful places she creates with all sorts of colours and she’s showing us how important nature is to her. The more you look at her images, the more detail you see and hidden within those images are some figures almost inside the trees and the mountains and the waterways.

Why do you think the artist has chosen to incorporate those figures in that way? Menna.

MENNA (STUDENT): Maybe because it shows how connected they are with Mother Nature and how they feel about it.

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