Quick summary: Students will learn about Hydro Tasmania’s sustainable creation of energy from water and create artworks that explore this information. The art-making will imitate the style of Ancient Egyptian wall paintings.
Activity developed in partnership with
Hydro Tasmania has been at the forefront of clean energy innovation for one hundred years. It is Australia’s largest producer of clean energy – generating hydro and wind power – and the largest water manager. Hydro Tasmania has 55 major dams, operates 30 hydropower stations and has built some of Australia’s largest wind farms.
Hydro Tasmania also sells energy in the National Electricity Market through its retail business Momentum Energy, and sells its expertise internationally through its consulting business Entura. Visit the Hydro Tasmania website to learn how the business is working towards Australia’s clean energy future.
- Students respond to and appreciate artworks.
- Students understand the importance and value of sustainable energy methods.
- Students engage in art-making to demonstrate their understanding.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability, Ethical understanding.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 7 & 8 Visual Arts
- Practise techniques and processes to enhance representation of ideas in their art-making (ACAVAM121)
- Identify and connect specific features and purposes of visual artworks from contemporary and past times to explore viewpoints and enrich their art-making, starting with Australian artworks including those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (ACAVAR124)
Year 7 History
- The physical features of ancient Egypt (such as the River Nile) and how they influenced the civilisation that developed there (ACDSEH002)
Syllabus outcomes: VA4.1, VA4.4, VA4.7, VA4.9, HT4-2
Topic: Hydro Tasmania, Energy.
Time required: 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity
- Paints, paintbrushes, pencils, erasers, thin to medium black or brown art markers
Note: this activity can also be completed using colour pencils instead of paints.
- One sheet of A3 or A4 paper (painting quality) for each student
- A few images of Ancient Egyptian wall art on printed sheets or displayed using a projector, smartboard or individual device. We recommend doing a simple internet search to find images.
- Method of displaying the Hydro Tasmania webpage: https://www.hydro.com.au/clean-energy/battery-of-the-nation/pumped-hydro
- Internet access
- Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for homework and extension.
Keywords: Art, water, Ancient Egypt.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.