Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity students need to think of a place in nature that is special to them and why it is special to them. They will then create a work of art based on this special place. Students are then asked to share their work of art with other students, explaining why they chose this place, and how their work represents this place and their feelings towards it.

CLIMARTE-logoThis lesson is part of the CLIMARTE unit. The unit is designed to help students build their knowledge of climate change by exploring the topic through the arts. By harnessing the creative power of the Arts, CLIMARTE aim to inform, engage and inspire real action on climate change. Following this lesson plan is an ideal way to expose your kids to climate change through the medium of art.

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

Learning goals:

  • Students understand that people need nature for different reasons.
  • Students identify ways of visually representing personal relationships with nature.

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 3 Geography

  • The similarities and differences between places in terms of their type of settlement, demographic characteristics and the lives of the people who live there, and people’s perceptions of these places (ACHASSK069)

Year 4 Geography

  • The importance of environments, including natural vegetation, to animals and people (ACHASSK088)

Years 3 & 4 Visual Arts

  • Explore ideas and artworks from different cultures and times, including artwork by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to use as inspiration for their own representations (ACAVAM110)
  • Use materials, techniques and processes to explore visual conventions when making artworks (ACAVAM111)

Syllabus Outcomes: GE2-3, GE2-2, VAS2.1, VAS2.2


Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate discussion, assist students in creating and displaying artwork.

Resources required: Internet access, art making materials, student worksheet (optional).

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities (optional), blog or presentation creation (optional). Blogs (e.g. Edublogs or WordPress), presentations (Prezi or PowerPoint).

Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.

Keywords: Nature, art.

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

Overarching learning goal: By participating in this activity students will understand that people need nature for different reasons. Students will be able to recognise that there are many different ways of visually representing personal relationships with nature and that art is one way of communicating our feelings about this subject.

Teacher content information:

CLIMARTE harnesses the creative power of the Arts to inform, engage and inspire action on climate change by:

  • Producing, promoting and facilitating Arts events.
  • Providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on sustainable Arts practice at an individual and organisational level.
  • Creating an alliance of Arts practitioners and organisations that advocate for immediate, effective and creative action on climate change.

To learn more about CLIMARTE, visit their website here.

Teaching sequence

10 minutes - Viewing video and discussion
20 minutes - Planning artworks
30 minutes - C

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Do you like mountains or the beach more?

Watch this clip and answer the questions below:

Perspective from Jesse Brass on Vimeo.

Planning your artwork

Thinking about your special place in nature

Where is a place in nature that is special to you?

Why is this place special to you and how does it make you feel?

Is this special place changing and how it is changing?

How does this change make you feel? If it isn't changing, how would you feel if it did change?

Thinking about your artwork

What materials could you use to best show your ideas? 

What techniques can you use to best show your ideas?

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