Quick summary: In this activity students are asked to examine the three main forms of environmental art: 1. Art that is inspired by the natural world; 2. Art that celebrates personal engagement in nature; 3. Art that directly addresses environmental issues. Students are first asked to assess a number of different works of art, and then plan a series of environmental artworks based on the three categories of environmental art. Students present their planned artworks to the class for feedback.
- Students recognise that there are multiple forms of environmental art.
- Students will critically analyse some visual intentions used by a a range of environmental artists.
- Students recognise a range of visual conventions used by environmental artists.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Years 9 & 10 Visual Arts
- Conceptualise and develop representations of themes, concepts or subject matter to experiment with their developing personal style, reflecting on the styles of artists, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists (ACAVAM125)
- Manipulate materials, techniques, technologies and processes to develop and represent their own artistic intentions (ACAVAM126)
- Plan and design artworks that represent artistic intention (ACAVAM128)
- Evaluate how representations communicate artistic intentions in artworks they make and view to inform their future art making (ACAVAR130)
Time required: 2 x 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity and facilitate discussion
Resources required: Internet access, access to library, student worksheet.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.
Keywords: Environmental art, nature, artists.
Artworks used in this resource:
- Martin Hill – Ephemeral Environmental Sculpture Evoke Cycles of Nature
- Art collective luzinterruptus – Labyrinth of plastic waste
- Otherworldly Paper Sculptures – Chun Kwang Young
- Jason deCaires Taylor – Human Nature
- Andy Goldsworthy – Carefully broken pebbles scratched white with another stone
- Issac Cordal – Waiting for Climate Change
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.