Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students imagine how their school might be a brighter and happier place for people, plants and animals in the future. Students then create an artwork to demonstrate their ideas. This artwork can be submitted to the Faber-Castell Create Your Mark for a Brighter Future Creative Competition.

Subjects: HASS, Visual Arts

Year level: Foundation, Years 1 & 2

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

Teaching time: 120+ 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: 

Foundation to Year 2 Visual 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)
  • Use and experiment with different materials, techniques, technologies and processes to make artworks (ACAVAM107)
  • Create and display artworks to communicate ideas to an audience (ACAVAM108)

Relevant parts of Foundation to Year 2 achievement standards: Students describe artworks they make and those to which they respond. Students use the elements and processes of arts subjects to make and share artworks that represent ideas.


Content descriptions: 

Foundation HASS

  • The reasons why some places are special to people, and how they can be looked after (ACHASSK017)

Year 1 HASS

  • The natural, managed and constructed features of places, their location, how they change and how they can be cared for (ACHASSK031)

Relevant parts of Foundation achievement standards: Students reflect on their learning to suggest ways they can care for a familiar place.

Relevant parts of Year 1 HASS achievement standards: Students describe how places can be cared for.

Syllabus outcomes: VAS1.1, VAS1.2, GEe-1, GE1-1

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 a walk outdoors to assess school features and guide class discussions around dreams for a brighter future. 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 their school environment to find inspiration
  • … consider opportunities for a brighter future through the lens of sustainability
  • … examine and refine the ideas they and their classmates come up with
  • … use Faber-Castell materials to create a handmade artwork.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … take inspiration from their school environment
  • … participate in group discussions and formulate ideas
  • … create an artwork that expresses their ideas for the future.

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 eng

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