Creative Sustainability - Inspiring Places in Nature

Creative Sustainability - Inspiring Places in Nature

Lesson 2 of 6 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 3 - 4
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • The Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Environmental
  • Sustainability
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students explore how artists are inspired by places in nature. Students begin by investigating what ‘inspiration’ means, and how being inspired can lead us to create art and/or take action. Students explore the sources of inspiration for other artists, and then think of a place in nature that is special to them and that can inspire them to make art. Students will then create a watercolour drawing of their special place in nature, and will share their artwork with classmates, reflecting on the way artworks can share messages about caring for our environment.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand that places in nature can inspire us to make art
  • understand that artworks can convey messages that they want to share

Success Criteria:

Students can...

  • describe what inspiration is
  • explain three places in nature that are important to them and why
  • use a range of watercolour drawing techniques

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Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum content descriptions: 

Year 3 & 4 Visual Arts:

  • Explore ideas and artworks from different cultures and times, including artwork by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to use as inspiration for their own representations (ACAVAM110)
  • Use materials, techniques and processes to explore visual conventions when making artworks (ACAVAM111)
  • Present artworks and describe how they have used visual conventions to represent their ideas (ACAVAM112)

Year 4 HASS:

  • The importance of environments, including natural vegetation, to animals and people (ACHASSK088)

Syllabus outcomes: VAS2.2, GE2-1, GE2-2, GE2-3.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2.

Relevant parts of Year 3 & 4 Visual Arts achievement standards: Students plan and make artworks that communicate ideas.

Relevant parts of Year 4 HASS achievement standards: Students identify the interconnections between components of the environment and between people and the environment.

Unit of work: Creative Sustainability – Year 3 & 4.

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion, oversee self-portrait planning and creation.

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

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Community engagement
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking

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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