National Recycling Week - Garbage Gallery

National Recycling Week - Garbage Gallery

Lesson 2 of 2 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • The Arts
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Lesson summary

Students will respond to existing works of art that use rubbish as the medium. They will then create artworks using ‘clean’ rubbish. The resources include artworks and a worksheet designed for students in Years 9 and 10.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • respond to and appreciate artworks
  • understand the importance and value of recycling
  • engage in artmaking to demonstrate their understanding

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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions: 

Year 9 & 10 Visual Arts:

  • Evaluate how representations communicate artistic intentions in artworks they make and view to inform their future art making (ACAVAR130)

Year 9 & 10 Visual Arts:

  • Manipulate materials, techniques, technologies and processes to develop and represent their own artistic intentions (ACAVAM126)

Extension Activity:

Year 9 & 10 Music:

  • Manipulate combinations of the elements of music in a range of styles, using technology and notation (ACAMUM100)

Syllabus Outcomes: VAS5.7, VAS5.10, VAS5.6MUS5.4, MUS5.5, MUS5.6

General capabilities: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability, Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability, Ethical understanding

Time needed: 60 minutes

Resources required


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

  • communication
  • creativity

Additional info

Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week started in 1996 to bring a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling. This highly regarded annual campaign continues to educate and stimulate behaviour change by promoting kerbside, industrial and community recycling initiative. It also gives people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work and school. In partnership with Planet Ark, we have developed lessons from early learning through to year 10 to help educators bring these important topics into the classroom.

National Recycling Week is held in the second week of November each year but you can recycle all year-round with these lessons which were designed to be used at any time. Click here to find out more about National Recycling Week and the Schools Recycle Right Challenge. 

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