Autographs from nature

Autographs from nature

Lesson 3 of 13 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
  • Science
  • The Arts
  • Environmental
  • Biodiversity
  • ...

Lesson summary

In this activity students capture the ‘signatures’ of natural objects at their school – such as trees and flowers – by dipping the branches of trees or petals of flowers into paint and leaving the wind to brush the branches or petals against paper. Students then display these artworks in an exhibition designed to engage the audience in the subject of ‘saving local biodiversity’.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • experiment with developing and applying techniques when capturing art from natural objects
  • consider how to display artworks in an exhibition
  • understand the role that natural objects play in their local environment.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum content descriptions:

Years 5 & 6 Visual Arts:

  • Develop and apply techniques and processes when making their artworks (ACAVAM115)
  • Plan the display of artworks to enhance their meaning for an audience (ACAVAM116)

Year 5 Science:

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)

Year 6 Science:

  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)

Syllabus OutcomesST3-10LW, ST3-11LW.

Time required: 2 x 48 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate discussion and overseen activity.

Resources required

  • Paper
  • Paints
  • Space and materials for exhibiting artwork, camera (optional)

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