Environmental art in the past, present and future

Environmental art in the past, present and future

Lesson 3 of 2 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • History
  • The Arts
  • Environmental
  • Sustainability
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students will explore how art can be seen as a form of social commentary, and how environmental artists can reflect the environmental sentiment of the time. Students will begin by looking at historical examples of art (including environmental art). They will then select a work of art that features nature or our environment from the past, one from the present, and then they will create one for an imagine future in 50 years time.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand that art can be seen as a form of social commentary
  • understand that art can tell us how people are thinking about our environment
  • recognise the different ways artists have explored nature and the environment at different points in history.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 5 & 6 Visual Arts:

  • Explore ideas and practices used by artists, including practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to represent different views, beliefs and opinions (ACAVAM114)
  • Develop and apply techniques and processes when making their artworks (ACAVAM115)
  • Plan the display of artworks to enhance their meaning for an audience (ACAVAM116)
  • 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)

Year 5 History:

  • Examine different viewpoints on actions, events, issues and phenomena in the past and present (ACHASSI099)
  • Present ideas, findings, viewpoints and conclusions in a range of texts and modes that incorporate source materials, digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms and conventions (ACHASSI105)

Year 6 History:

  • Examine different viewpoints on actions, events, issues and phenomena in the past and present (ACHASSI127)
  • Present ideas, findings, viewpoints and conclusions in a range of texts and modes that incorporate source materials, digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms and conventions (ACHASSI133)

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking

Syllabus Outcomes: VAS3.1, VAS3.2, VAS3.3, VAS3.4HT3-5.

Time required: 2 x 48 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity and facilitate discussion

Resources required

  • Internet access
  • Student worksheets,
  • Art materials

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