Creative Sustainability - Designing Places

Creative Sustainability - Designing Places

Lesson 4 of 6 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
  • The Arts
  • Media Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Environmental
  • Sustainability
  • ...

Lesson summary

In this lesson, students will consider what makes an ideal ‘place’. They will explore an outdoor place in their school then work to a design brief to design and draw an ideal place in the school. Students will practise texture rendering techniques and apply them to their design. They will annotate their design and write an artist statement to justify the design choices made. Students will reflect on the process in a peer-review exercise.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand that a place can have an effect on them
  • understand how to follow a design brief
  • learn how to apply a range of colour pencil and fine liner techniques.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • work to a design brief
  • develop ideas for an ideal outdoor place
  • use colour pencil and fineliner techniques to portray different surface textures.

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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions: 

Year 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).

Syllabus outcomes: VAS 3.1, VAS 3.2

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.4, OI.5

Relevant parts of Year 5 & 6 Visual Arts achievement standards: Students explain how ideas are represented in artworks they make and view. Students use visual conventions and visual arts practices to express a personal view in their artworks. They demonstrate different techniques and processes in planning and making artworks. They describe how the display of artworks enhances meaning for an audience.

Unit of work: Creative Sustainability – Year 5 & 6.

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: High- take the class outside for an observation activity.

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This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Empathy
  • Ethical Understanding
  • Problem Solving

Additional info

Faber-Castell has long understood the importance of creativity to all people, especially to young people. It is also continuously searching for environmentally friendly processes and high-quality materials to enhance children’s creative experience throughout every development phase. For more information about Faber-Castell, click here.

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