Resilient Australia - Portrait Of A Bushfire Survivor

Resilient Australia - Portrait Of A Bushfire Survivor

Lesson 3 of 5 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 8
  • The Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Environmental
  • Climate Change
  • Disaster resilience
  • ...

Lesson Summary

Students will discover how an Australian artist used burnt wood from the black summer fires to draw a series of native Australian birds, depicting their escape. Students will learn about various species affected by the fires and use a similar medium (charcoal) to show how bushfires affect Australian wildlife. 

Learning Intentions:

Students will...

  • read real case scenarios about people affected by natural hazards
  • create an artwork that shows the effects that natural hazards can have on a person’s life.

Success Criteria:

Students can...

  • create an artwork that makes connections between the effects of natural hazards and how people respond.

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Curriculum Mapping

Syllabus outcomes: VAS4.3VAS4.5.
General capabilities: Critical and Creative ThinkingPersonal and Social Capability
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability
Relevant parts of Year 7 & 8 achievement standards: By the end of Year 8, students identify and analyse how other artists use visual conventions and viewpoints to communicate ideas and apply this knowledge in their art making. They explain how an artwork is displayed to enhance its meaning. They evaluate how they and others are influenced by artworks from different cultures, times and places.
Students plan their art-making in response to the exploration of techniques and processes used in their own and others’ artworks.
Level of teacher scaffolding: This lesson involves a medium level of teacher scaffolding with teachers facilitating class discussion, encouraging students’ reflective writing skills about art and class understanding about how artists have a preconceived intention that informs the creation of their art.

Resources Required

  • A device capable of presenting a PowerPoint presentation to the class
  • Charcoal and paper to draw a picture of an Australian species affected by natural hazards. 


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

  • Communicating
  • Creative Thinking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Cultural Understanding
  • Community Engagement
  • Empathy
  • Problem Finding
  • Problem Solving
  • Social Skills

Additional Info

We encourage you to undertake the free PD Course How to teach a unit on fire and flood resilience for tips on how to best deliver this lesson.
If you’re concerned about the challenging nature of these topics, consider the free PD Course How to approach trauma in the classroom for information on how best to support your students.

This lesson was made in partnership with
Minderoo Foundation (

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