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Observatory Hill Environmental Education Centre

Observatory Hill Environmental Education Centre

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The nature of art

The Nature of Art is an approx. 1.5 hr S2 incursion program focused on the Creative Arts topic ‘Visual Arts’, and the Science and Technology topic, ‘Living World’.

Students will use methods such as leaf litter surveys and tree shakes to collect invertebrates at school. They view the invertebrates up close, using magnifying lenses and digital microscopes, and identify them using ID sheets, noting features of these creatures which allow them to survive and grow. Using all of this as inspiration, students create artworks in various forms, such as sculptures, drawings, scratch art and digital drawing on iPads. Each student will receive a Nature Journal and they will set up a small gallery to view each other’s works. 

Key syllabus outcomes

  • Students represent the qualities of experiences and things that are interesting or beautiful by choosing among aspects of subject matter (CA-VAS2.1)
  • Students use the forms to suggest the qualities of subject matter (CA-VAS2.2)
  • Students compare features and characteristics of living and non-living things (ST2-4LW-S) 

The Cross Curriculum Priorities and General Capabilities of Sustainability and ICT Capability are also features of this program. 

On the day activities

During the incursion, students will:

  • Collect invertebrates using methods such as leaf litter surveys and tree shakes
  • View the invertebrates up close using magnifying lenses and digital microscopes, and identify them using ID sheets
  • View preserved invertebrates and live phasmids (stick insects)
  • Use these invertebrates as inspiration to create artworks in various forms, such as sculptures, drawings in a nature journal, scratch art and digital drawing on iPads. 
  • Set up a small gallery to view each other’s art works. 

Pre visit and follow up resources 

Pre visit activities

Activities prior to the delivery of the program will help prepare students for the day as well as link the program to the class program. These could include:

Follow up activities

  • Create other models of either worms or phasmids showing features and adaptations of these creatures, place creatures into a diorama to show habitat.

Pre and Post Visit Resources  PDF 84KB

Cost 

  • DoE - $10 per student (GST free). 
  • Non Government School $15 per student (GST free). Minimum cost of $600.

Incursion program downloads

Download these documents to help with your incursion planning: