Creative Sustainability - Tuning In to Sustainability

Creative Sustainability - Tuning In to Sustainability

Lesson 2 of 6 in this unit

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

Lesson summary

In this Tuning In lesson, students will be introduced to the concept of sustainability. They will consider a number of actions and whether they are sustainable. As a class, they will explore how messages of sustainability are conveyed using images then will use use simple shapes and symbols to create a poster with their own sustainability message.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand how art conventions can be used to convey messages
  • develop art-making techniques
  • select subject matter and art conventions to convey a message about sustainability.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • evaluate and express how visual conventions support the artist’s idea/intention in an artwork
  • use visual conventions and art techniques to communicate a message through their artwork
  • use art as a vehicle for creating awareness around an issue.

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet
Teacher Content Info

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions: 

Year 5 & 6 Visual Arts:

  • Develop and apply techniques and processes when making their artworks (ACAVAM115).
  • Explain how visual arts conventions communicate meaning by comparing artworks from different social, cultural and historical contexts, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks (ACAVAR117).
  • Plan the display of artworks to enhance their meaning for an audience (ACAVAM116).

Syllabus outcomes: VAS 3.1 VAS 3.2, VAS 3.4

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.

Unit of work: Creative Sustainability – Year 5 & 6

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion and oversee art-making activity.

Resources required

  • Student Worksheets: one copy per student
  • Device capable of presenting a video to the class
  • Sustainable or unsustainable actions
  • A4 cartridge paper
  • Art materials including graphite pencils, erasers, sharpeners, rulers and Connector-Pens


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

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Global citizenship
  • 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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