Quick summary: During this lesson students learn the value of giving and receiving constructive feedback in order to develop and improve their artworks. They begin by exploring the range of leaves found in their school yard while discussing the value of trees. Using the Austin’s Butterfly technique for creating and improving artworks, students create a scientific drawing of a leaf as their contribution toward a display or gallery exhibition to educate others.
This lesson is designed to be taught outside. It contains all the tools required for students to reap the benefits of being outdoors while learning the outcomes of the Australian Curriculum. By spending time outdoors and connecting to nature, students are more likely to care for and conserve nature as adults.
We’ve taken elements of this lesson and adapted them for remote learning. You can find this activity here.
- Why are trees important?
- Why is it important to receive feedback about artworks?
- How can you give feedback to others in a truthful but kind manner?
- How can you use feedback to improve the quality of your artworks?
- What are the mental, physical and academic benefits of completing classroom activities outside?
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Years 5 & 6 Visual Arts
- Develop and apply techniques and processes when making their artworks (ACAVAM115)
Syllabus outcomes: VAS3.2.
General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2.
Relevant parts of Year 5 & 6 Arts Visual Arts achievement standards: 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: Outdoor Learning, Biodiversity.
Unit of work: Outdoor Learning Unit.
Time required: 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – the teacher reads a picture book, leads and guides discussions and gives feedback to students.
Resources required: Printed cut outs of Austin’s Butterfly – Flashcards. A Leaf Can Be … by Laura Purdie Salas. Scrap paper, pencils, erasers and clipboards. Art paper (optional). Watch, timer, stopwatch or clock app (optional). Device capable of taking photos (optional). Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Scientific drawing guidelines.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Keywords: Sustainability, nature, outdoor, art, design, sketching, sketch, draw, drawing, feedback, outdoor learning.
Cool Australia would like to thank The Albert George & Nancy Caroline Youngman Trust – managed by Equity Trustees.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.