Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this Tuning In lesson, students will be introduced to the concept of sustainability. They will consider a number of actions and whether they are sustainable. As a class, they will explore how messages of sustainability are conveyed using images then will use use simple shapes and symbols to create a poster with their own sustainability message.

Faber-Castell have long understood the importance of creativity to all people, especially to young people. They are also continuously searching for environmentally friendly processes and high-quality materials to enhance children’s creative experience throughout every development phase. For more information about Faber-Castell, click here.

 

Learning intentions:

  • Students will begin to understand how art conventions can be used to convey messages.
  • Students will develop art-making techniques.
  • Students will select subject matter and art conventions to convey a message about sustainability.

21st century skills:


Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 5 & 6 Visual Arts

  • Develop and apply techniques and processes when making their artworks (ACAVAM115)
  • Explain how visual arts conventions communicate meaning by comparing artworks from different social, cultural and historical contexts, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks (ACAVAR117)
  • Plan the display of artworks to enhance their meaning for an audience (ACAVAM116)

Syllabus outcomes: VAS 3.1 VAS 3.2, VAS 3.4

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.4, OI.5.

Relevant parts of Year 5 & 6 Visual Arts achievement standards: Students explain how ideas are represented in artworks they make and view. Students use visual conventions and visual arts practices to express a personal view in their artworks. They demonstrate different techniques and processes in planning and making artworks.

Topic: Sustainability.

Unit of work: Creative Sustainability – Year 5 & 6

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion and oversee art-making activity.

Resources required: Student Worksheets: one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a video to the class. Sustainable or unsustainable actions, A4 cartridge paper. Art materials including graphite pencils, erasers, sharpeners, rulers and Connector-Pens. 

Keywords:  Sustainability, action, visual arts, message.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions:

  • Students will begin to understand how art conventions can be used to convey messages.
  • Students will develop art-making techniques.
  • Students will select subject matter and art conventions to convey a message about sustainability.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... evaluate and express how visual conventions support the artist’s idea/intention in an artwork.
  • ... use visual conventions and art techniques to communicate a message through their artwork.
  • ... use art as a vehicle for creating awareness around an issue.

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Teacher content information:

Sustainability describes the ability to keep going at the same rate and in the same (or better) condition as before. In order for our world to be able to sustain us, as well as the generations to come, we need to change. It’s time to think differently - and more creatively - about sustainability and the future of our planet.

Creativity and approaching challenges in a creative way h

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: What is Sustainability?

What is SUSTAINABILITY?
Note down what you THINK below:Note down what you discussed in your PAIR:Note down what you heard during the SHARE discussion:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reflection

Swap finished posters with a classmate and use the questions below to help you analyse their work (remember to be kind!):

  • What is the message of the poster?
  • What are some things you notice about the image used in the poster?
  • What shapes/symbols can you see in the poster?
  • What colours have been used? Why do you think they were chosen?
  • What stands out the most and why? (What is emphasised in the poster?)
  • What do you think the poster is asking you to do?
  • Do you think that the sustainability message in this poster is clear?
  • Is there anything that could be improved?

What feedback did your classmate give your poster? Do you need to make any changes to make it even

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