Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this lesson, students connect health and wellbeing knowledge and experiences with Visual Arts by creating models of yoga poses using pipe cleaners and straws. The lesson explores healthy lifestyles and practises, exploring yoga’s benefits for both physical and mental health as well as engaging students in physical activity. It also includes revision and application of knowledge of the elements and principles of art and design as well as an understanding of colour theory.

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Learning intentions:

  • Students are aware of strategies they can apply to be happy and healthy.
  • Students explain artistic choices in relation to the visual conventions of elements, principles, composition and style.

21st century skills: 

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 3 and 4 Health and Physical Education

  • Identify and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS036)
  • Discuss and interpret health information and messages in the media and internet (ACPPS039)
  • Practise and refine fundamental movement skills in a variety of movement sequences and situations (ACPMP043)
  • Practise and apply movement concepts and strategies with and without equipment (ACPMP045)
  • Examine the benefits of physical activity to health and wellbeing (ACPMP046)
  • Combine elements of effort, space, time, objects and people when performing movement sequences (ACPMP047)
  • Participate in physical activities from their own and other cultures (ACPMP108)
  • Apply innovative and creative thinking in solving movement challenges (ACPMP049)

Year 3 and 4 Visual Arts

  • Use materials, techniques and processes to explore visual conventions when making artworks (ACAVAM111)
  • Present artworks and describe how they have used visual conventions to represent their ideas (ACAVAM112)
  • Identify intended purposes and meanings of artworks using visual arts terminology to compare artworks, starting with visual artworks in Australia including visual artworks of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (ACAVAR113)

Syllabus outcomes: MOS2.4, GSS2.8, PHS2.12, SLS2.13, GSS2.8, GYS2.10, ALS2.6, VAS2.1, VAS2.2, VAS2.3, VAS2.4.

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability.

Cross-curriculum priority: Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia.

Relevant parts of Year 3 and 4 Health and Physical Education Achievement Standards: Students interpret health messages and discuss the influences on healthy and safe choices. They understand the benefits of being healthy and physically active. They use decision-making and problem-solving skills to select and demonstrate strategies that help them stay safe, healthy and active. They refine fundamental movement skills and apply movement concepts and strategies in a variety of physical activities and to solve movement challenges. They create and perform movement sequences using fundamental movement skills and the elements of movement.

Relevant parts of Year 3 and 4 Visual Arts Achievement Standards: Students describe and discuss similarities and differences between artworks they make and those to which they respond. They discuss how they and others organise the elements and processes in artworks.
Students collaborate to plan and make artworks that communicate ideas.

Topic: Art & Craft.

Unit of work: Learning Through Art & Craft – Primary.

Time required: 120 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – students will view explicit step-by-step instructions and be provided handouts to scaffold completion of the task.

Resources required: Device capable of displaying presentation and video. Space for students to complete yoga movements. Harmonious Colours Handout (one per student or equipment to project to the class). Artist’s Statement Template (one copy per student). Student Worksheet (one copy per student). Pipe cleaners (minimum three per student, various colours). Straws (minimum five per student, various colours). Air drying clay (white). Boxboard and coloured paper (one per student). Wire Model Step-by-Step Instructions (equpment to project to the whole class).

Keywords: Yoga, health, fitness, mental health, exercise, elements of art, craft, design principles, colour theory.

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 are aware of strategies they can use to be happy and healthy.
  • Students explain artistic choices in relation to the visual conventions of elements, principles, composition and style.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... explain physical benefits of yoga.
  • ... explain benefits of yoga to mental health.
  • ... perform simple yoga poses.
  • ... link choices they have made in their work to elements of art and design principles.
  • ... explain the use of complementary and/or analogous colours in their work.

Teacher content information:


A practise now quite familiar in Australia, yoga continues to be shown to have a wealth of health benefits for both physical and mental wellbeing. Yoga Journal writer Timothy McCall even goes as far as to list 38 health benefits of yoga, ranging from improvements to posture and flexibility to increased focus and happiness.

This message of yoga providing numerous health benefits is reiter

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: Did you know that Yoga is an ancient Indian philosophy that dates back thousands of years?

The Art of Yoga Design Task:

The purpose of this task is to create a model of a yoga pose using the techniques shown in the clips that your teacher shared. These models will be displayed in various locations around the school with a description of the artwork and an explanation of the value of yoga.

Things to Think About:

  • Which yoga pose you will create a model of.
  • How the pipe cleaners will be connected to create the figure.
  • What part of your model will connect to the clay base.
  • What types of colours you will use (complementary or analogous).
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