Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this lesson, students discover how people have built resilience during the recovery phase of a natural hazard through art and develop a community arts project or program that fosters community connectedness.

Subject: Art.

Year Level: 7 & 8.

Topics: Climate Change, Sustainability, Creative Thinking, Health and Wellbeing.

Teaching Time: 90 minutes.

21st-century skills: 

CommunicatingCommunity EngagementCreative ThinkingCritical ThinkingCultural UnderstandingEthical UnderstandingGlobal CitizenshipProblem FindingProblem SolvingSocial Skills  

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 7 & 8  Art:

  • Investigate ways that visual conventions, visual arts processes and materials are manipulated to represent ideas, perspectives and/or meaning in artworks created across cultures, times, places and/or other contexts AC9AVA8E01
  • reflect on the ways that they and other artists respond to influences to inform choices they make in their own visual arts practice AC9AVA8D02
  • select and manipulate visual conventions, visual arts processes and/or materials to create artworks that represent ideas, perspectives and/or meaning AC9AVA8C02.

Syllabus outcomes: VAS4.3, VAS4.5.

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability

Relevant parts of Year 7 & 8 achievement standards:
By the end of Year 8, students identify and analyse how other artists use visual conventions and viewpoints to communicate ideas and apply this knowledge in their art making. They explain how an artwork is displayed to enhance its meaning. They evaluate how they and others are influenced by artworks from different cultures, times and places.
Students plan their art-making in response to the exploration of techniques and processes used in their own and others’ artworks.

Level of teacher scaffolding: This lesson involves a medium level of teacher scaffolding with teachers facilitating class discussion, encouraging students’ to discuss emotions and artmaking processes and benefits.

Resources required:

  • A device capable of presenting a presentation to the class
  • A device capable of typing or an art exercise book (art folio)
  • Art materials (paper, pen, pencil) to create their art program or project proposal.

Related Professional Development: We encourage you to undertake the free PD Course How to teach a unit on fire and flood resilience for tips on how to best deliver this lesson.

If you’re concerned about the challenging nature of these topics, consider the free PD Course How to approach trauma in the classroom for information on how best to support your students.

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

Teacher Content Information:


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. It was created to:

  • provide policymakers (governments) with regular scientific updates about climate change;
  • highlight the impact climate change will have on the planet in the future; and,
  • offer some ideas about how to tackle the challenges of climate change's potential effects on the planet.

In 2021-22, the IPCC released their sixth assessment report. This is the most up-to-date physical understanding of the climate system and climate change.

The report makes a number of important points:

  • It is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land.
  • Global surface temperature will continue to increase until at least mid-century under all emissions scenarios considered. Global warming of 1.5°C and 2°C will be exceeded during the 21st century unless deep reduc
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