Media Arts: Illustration of Learning – 'Multimodal Storytelling' unit.

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Media Arts

Media Arts
Student Learning

Media arts making

Students constructed a storyboard to outline a three-part story combining still images, text and audio. Students then used iPads to take digital images of their illustrations, create text and record sound. Students then used an app to combine these elements into a story.

Content descriptions

  • 4.1

    Experiment with the capability of equipment and media technologies to create media art works

  • 4.2

    Create media arts works using codes and conventions of story structures

  • 4.3

    Experiment with representations to create media arts works that reflect themselves, people, environments or concepts they know or know about

  • 4.4/5

    Plan media arts works using pre-production tools and formats

  • 4.6

    Combine media arts-making with Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Arts and other learning area

Source: Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)

Visual arts making

In the 120-minute session, a visiting visual artist introduced students to the process of creating multiple drafts of drawings to illustrate their story, then how to select one to transform and colour in.

Content descriptions

  • 4.1

    Explore how to express ways of seeing and imagining their world working with images forms, objects and spaces

  • 4.3

    Develop art-making techniques using, media, visual arts practices and viewpoints

  • 4.4

    Experiment with techniques, tools and forms to develop their skills and refine their art-making

Source: Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)

Music making

In the final lesson, students learned about sound recording. They used the iPads to record voices and sounds to enhance their stories.

Content descriptions

  • 4.1

    Experiment with the qualities of sound and silence to express ideas using available sound sources

Source: Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)


This video features teachers and students working together as the classroom teacher, the media arts lead teacher and the visiting visual artist implement the Media Arts package. Each teacher describes the students' learning, with reflections on how the students responded. The video illustrates students engaging with content in Media Arts, Visual Arts, Music and English curricula in an integrated way. Attention is given to the media arts and visual arts techniques, skills and knowledge introduced in the lessons.


Samples of three students' work are presented. These samples include:

  • a storyboard
  • a PDF version of their ebook (without multimedia capabilities)
  • a link to an epub file of their ebooks (with multimedia capabilities).

Emphasis is on the knowledge, skills and techniques that the students learned.

The epub must be downloaded and then opened in software such as an ebook reader; for example, Adobe Digital Editions or Apple iBooks. The examples should be read as the outcome of a learning process.

The storyboards should be read as a planning tool in which illustrations and descriptions are likely to be imprecise and one aspect of the making process.

This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.