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  1. Stage 3
  2. Creative Arts
  3. Activities
  4. Visual Arts: Making Music Collages
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Visual Arts: Making Music Collages

Grade Work Samples
End of Stage 3 (end of Year 6)
Grade A Casey   Alex  
Grade B Jordan   Kerry  
Grade C Lee  

Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:

Visual Arts

Description of activity

Students create artworks using collage, based on the theme of making music.

  1. Students observe and draw musical instruments, experimenting with different drawing and painting materials.
  2. They select parts of their drawings to photocopy and enlarge.
  3. Students reorganise these images into a new composition, showing different viewpoints in the one picture.
  4. They select collage materials to apply to the work, as well as colour to create their intended effect.

Suggested materials

Musical instruments, artworks featuring musical instruments, soft drawing pencils, charcoal, graphite, felt pens, conte and water-soluble pencils, art paper, acrylic paint, inks, dyes, brushes, scissors, adhesive, fabrics, patterned papers. 
Options: photocopies of music scores

Prior learning

Students have been investigating how sound is made on a variety of musical instruments in Science and Technology. They have also viewed and discussed the works of artists who have used musical instruments as subject matter. The students have been introduced to works by the Cubist artists, Picasso and Braque.

Board of Studies, Creative Arts K–6 Units of Work, pp 50–55


Making (VAS3.1)
Investigates subject matter in an attempt to represent likenesses of things in the world.
Making (VAS3.2)
Makes artworks for different audiences, assembling materials in a variety of ways.

Criteria for assessing learning

Students will be assessed on their:

  • investigation of a range of drawing, painting and collage techniques
  • representation of the subject matter of musical instruments, from different viewpoints, including lines, shapes, colours, patterns and textures.
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