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Assessment Resource Centre (ARC)

  1. Stage 3
  2. Creative Arts
  3. Activities
  4. Visual Arts: Mars Expedition Collage
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Visual Arts: Mars Expedition Collage

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End of Stage 3 (end of Year 6)
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Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:

Visual Arts

Description of activity

Students explore the collage works of American artist Robert Rauschenberg, and images of astronauts and planets to make artworks representing space and the planet Mars. They use a range of techniques to make a collage of the Mars environment and may include visual metaphors.

1. Students experiment with different techniques to create a visual texture reminiscent of Mars.
2. They create a monoprint of an astronaut that may form part of their artwork.
3. Students collect magazine clippings.
4. They collate the selected materials and rework them to create their intended effect.

Suggested materials

Reproductions of Rauschenberg’s work, soft drawing pencils, charcoal, art paper, acrylic paint, brushes, scissors, magazine clippings, adhesive

Prior learning

Students have been studying Mars in Science, looking at photographs of the planet and its surface close-up and from a distance. In Visual Arts they have produced layered paintings and looked at digital reproductions of Rauschenberg’s work. In English they have written descriptions of astronauts.


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:

  • experimentation with different painting, drawing, printmaking and collage techniques 
  • representation of the subject matter of the planet Mars including the surface qualities, colours, shapes, patterns, lines and atmosphere.
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