Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students will explore some of the amazing colours that can be found in nature. Students are asked to stand or sit in one spot, and to see how many colours they can see in nature from that spot. Students will then create an artwork based on the colours they observe in nature.

We’ve taken elements of this lesson and adapted them for remote learning. You can find this activity here.

Learning intentions: Students will …

  • … be able to observe colours in nature.
  • … understand that there are many colours in nature.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Foundation Arts

  • Explore ideas, experiences, observations and imagination to create visual artworks and design, including considering ideas in artworks by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists (ACAVAM106)

Syllabus OutcomesSTe-4WS

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2.

Topic: Sustainability.

Time required: 30 minutes

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – Lead students in outdoor activities and observations.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a website to the class.

Keywords: Nature, colour, foundation.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Learning intentions: Students will ...

  • ... be able to observe colours in nature.
  • ... understand that there are many colours in nature.

Success criteria: Students can …

  • ... identify a range of colours.

Teacher content information: It's hard to ignore some of the big ticket colours in nature; a blue sky, a pink sunset, an aquamarine sea, a golden yellow desert, or a cool green rainforest. These really are the scenes whose colours can make you stop in your tracks. But there are just as many - if not more - colours in the small details of the ordinary everyday bits of nature. Look closely at a leaf, or at flowers on the footpath, or in the seedpods under the tree. While they may not be big, bold and brilliant they do help to remind us that we actually live in a world of amazing colour.

Teaching sequence

Work through this resource material in the following sequence:

Step 1. Explain to students that in this lesson they will going outside and standing

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