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 three different works of art, and then choose a work of environmental art that interests them and analyse this work. Students may present their responses to the class.
- Students recognise that there are multiple forms of environmental art.
- Students recognise the visual conventions used by of a range of environmental artists.
- Students critically analyse some of the visual intentions used by environmental artists.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Years 7 & 8 Visual Arts
- Develop ways to enhance their intentions as artists through exploration of how artists use materials, techniques, technologies and processes (ACAVAM119)
- Analyse how artists use visual conventions in artworks (ACAVAR123)
Time required: 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity and facilitate discussion
Resources required: Internet access, access to library, student worksheet, Prezi.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities, presentation creation.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.
Keywords: Environmental art, nature, artists.
Artists used in this resource:
- 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.