Quick summary: In this lesson, students design a dream car and create an artwork to represent their ideas that will be submitted to the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest. This contest encourages and inspires creative expression and imagination in students – some amazing ideas are born from dreams! Students will explore what is meant by the term ‘natural resources’. They will investigate why we need these resources and how we can use fewer resources. Students will analyse a range of resources using a ‘See, Think, Wonder’ thinking routine designed to make students think more deeply about where some of the things we use come from and how we can look after these resources. Students will design a dream car that looks after natural resources both now and in the future.
The Toyota Dream Car Art Contest usually commences late October to early November and concludes late to early March. Find up-to-date entry details, prizes and full terms and conditions here.
- Students understand what is meant by the term ‘natural resources’.
- Students understand how they use natural resources.
- Students understand how we can use and waste fewer natural resources.
- Students understand how to communicate a message through art.
- Students will develop and practise art-making techniques.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 3 HASS
- Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations (ACHASSI053)
- Interact with others with respect to share points of view (ACHASSI059)
- Present ideas, findings and conclusions in texts and modes that incorporate digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms (ACHASSI061)
Year 4 HASS
- The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably (ACHASSK090)
- Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations (ACHASSI074)
- Interact with others with respect to share points of view (ACHASSI080)
- Present ideas, findings and conclusions in texts and modes that incorporate digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms (ACHASSI082)
Years 3 & 4 Visual Arts
- Explore ideas and artworks from different cultures and times, including artwork by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to use as inspiration for their own representations (ACAVAM110)
- Use materials, techniques and processes to explore visual conventions when making artworks (ACAVAM111)
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.7, OI.9.
Relevant parts of Year 3 HASS achievement standards: Students locate and collect information from sources and communicate their ideas, findings and conclusions in oral, visual and written forms using simple discipline-specific terms.
Relevant parts of Year 4 HASS achievement standards: Students identify the interconnections between components of the environment and between people and the environment. They locate and collect information and data from different sources, and present ideas, findings and conclusions using discipline-specific terms in a range of communication forms.
Relevant parts of Year 3 and 4 Visual Arts achievement standards: Students describe and discuss similarities and differences between artworks they make, present and view. They discuss how they and others use visual conventions in artworks. Students plan and make artworks that are inspired by artworks they experience. They use visual conventions, techniques and processes to communicate their ideas.
Unit of work: Toyota Dream Car Contest.
Time required: 120 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion and guide students through creation of artworks.
Resources required: Paper measuring no larger than 400mm x 550 mm (15.7-21.7in.) or A3 in size. Butcher’s paper and scrap paper for drafting. Drawing materials, including but not limited to: coloured pencils, pens/markers, crayons, paints, watercolour paints, etc. Student Worksheets – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a clip to the class. Access to enought internet enabled devices to facilitate small group work. Natural Resources Factsheet (one per student). Natural Resources Flashcards (one copy per two students or equipment to project). Previous contest winners.
Keywords: Dream, car, natural, resources, art, contest, Toyota.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.