Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students work collaboratively to imagine a brighter future around the theme of sustainability, then work independently to create an artwork that shows how this will look. This artwork can be submitted to the Create Your Mark for a Brighter Future Creative Competition.

Subjects: HASS, Visual Arts

Year level: Years 3 & 4

Topics: Creative Thinking, Sustainability. Click here for more lessons on Creative Thinking. Click here for more lessons on Sustainability.

Teaching time: 125+ minutes

This lesson has been developed in partnership with Faber-Castell. Faber-Castell has long understood the importance of creativity to all people, especially young people. to motivate and express themselves and bring ideas to life. Faber-Castell manufacture high-quality creative materials to enhance children’s creative experiences throughout every development phase.

21st-century skills: 

CommunicatingCreative ThinkingCritical ThinkingTeam Work  

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Visual Arts

Content descriptions: 

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)
  • Present artworks and describe how they have used visual conventions to represent their ideas (ACAVAM112)

Relevant parts of Years 3 & 4 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.


Content descriptions: 

Year 4 HASS:

  • The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably (ACHASSK090)

Relevant parts of Year 4 HASS achievement standards: Students identify the interconnections between components of the environment and between people and the environment.

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

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability

This lesson is part of the Create Your Mark Creative Competition set of lessons.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – Lead students in class discussions and brainstorming activity. Support students in planning and creating artworks, and submit artworks to the competition.

Resources required:

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...

  • … explore what it means to dream about the future
  • … use stimulus materials to inspire their own dreaming
  • … use structured brainstorming to develop and refine unique ideas.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … think creatively and innovatively about the future
  • … create an artwork that represents their dream for a brighter future
  • … give and receive constructive feedback.

Teacher content information:

About the Create Your Mark for a Brighter Future Creative Competition
This year Faber-Castell launches the Create Your Mark for a Brighter Future Creative Competition that invites students to unleash their creativity. The purpose of the competition is to inspire creative and sustainable thinking (including social and environmental) in primary school-aged children. Faber-Castell seeks to encourage young minds to engage with visual arts and invites them to consider how they can make a positive ‘mark’ on the future

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Student Worksheet

Create Your Mark Creative Competition - Student Worksheet


  • Highlight the topic you have been assigned in Column A. You can add some more of your own ideas to this section if you have more.
    Add your futuristic words to Column B - do as many as you can think of!
    Randomly mix and match words from your topic with futuristic describing words and see what you come up with! Add these new ideas to Column C. Try to come up with at least three.

Column A - Topics

Column B - Futuristic describing words

Column C - New ideas for the future!

  • Field
  • Restaurant
  • Supermarket
  • Lunch box
  • Kitchen
  • Edible garden
  • Urban farm
  • House
  • Office building
  • Shop
  • School
  • Hospital
  • Community centre
  • Athletics centre
  • Car
  • Plane
  • Bus
  • Truck
  • Rocketship
  • Train
  • Scooter
  • Phone
  • Computer
  • Robot
  • Gadget
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Drone
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