Quick summary: In this activity students will look at the ways that three different environmental artists have represented one environmental issue. They will write a newspaper article describing and comparing these three works, and are asked to review the articles of other students, providing feedback for improvement.
- Students understand that there are multiple ways to represent environmental issues through art.
- Students recognise that some environmental artists feel they have a responsibility to communicate messages about environmental issues.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Years 7 & 8 Visual Arts
- Analyse how artists use visual conventions in artworks (ACAVAR123)
- 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 English
- Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language, visual, and audio features to convey information and ideas (ACELY1725)
- Edit for meaning by removing repetition, refining ideas, reordering sentences and adding or substituting words for impact (ACELY1726)
Year 8 English
- Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736)
- Experiment with text structures and language features to refine and clarify ideas to improve the effectiveness of students’ own texts (ACELY1810)
Syllabus Outcomes: EN4-2A, EN4-4B, VAS4.3, VAS4.7, VAS4.8, VAS4.9, VAS4.10.
Time required: 2 x 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity.
Resources required: Sticky notes, internet access, student worksheets.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: None.
Keywords: Environment, art, artists, newspaper article.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.