Quick summary: In this activity, students will consider political and environmental cartoons as an art form for communicating messages about sustainability. They will explore environmental issues that are relevant to them, document their ideas and plan their own cartoon illustration. Using watercolour techniques, students will create their own cartoon portraying a message about their chosen issue. Make the learning in this lesson even more meaningful by entering your student’s artwork in the Illustrating Sustainability contest. There are lots of Faber-Castell goodies to be won!
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- Students understand that cartoons can be an effective art form for communicating messages.
- Students know watercolour pencil techniques.
- Students understand that art can portray a message or a meaning to be understood and interpreted by the audience.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 7 & 8 Visual Arts:
- Practise techniques and processes to enhance representation of ideas in their art-making (ACAVAM121)
- Develop planning skills for art-making by exploring techniques and processes used by different artists (ACAVAM120)
Syllabus outcomes: VAS4.5, VAS4.5.
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability
Relevant parts of Year 7 & 8 Visual Arts achievement standards: Students identify and analyse how other artists use visual conventions and viewpoints to communicate ideas and apply this knowledge in their art making. They plan their art making in response to exploration of techniques and processes used in their own and others’ artworks. Students demonstrate use of visual conventions, techniques and processes to communicate meaning in their artworks.
Unit of work: Creative Sustainability – Year 7 & 8 – Visual Arts.
Time required: 60+ mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate discussion and analysis of artworks.
Resources required: Student Worksheets – one copy per student, device capable of presenting a video to the class, A4 paper, artists tools including watercolour pencils, erasers, sharpeners, fine liners, brushes, water. Watercolour Techniques Handout (printed, one per student). Optional: Art Elements and Principles Factsheet. If entering the contest: Illustrating an Issue Contest Handout. Contest Entry – Parental Content Form.
Keywords: Cartoon, caricature, watercolour, illustration, audience, sustainability, art.
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