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DURATION OF PROGRAM: FIVE SESSIONS                               UNIT TITLE: PLANTS


                            CONTENT STRANDS                                                   UNIT DESCRIPTION


                                                                 This unit is a mini unit in which the students will explore some of the features
                               VISUAL ARTS                       of plants. The students will examine and describe the features of a single
                                                                 flower. They will create this flower using a variety of materials. The students
                                                                 will describe a still life painting of a vase of flowers. The students will use
                                                                 crayons and a paint wash to create their own still life picture. The students will
                                                                 explore patterns and lines on leaves and bark. They will create clay models of
                                                                 leaves, leaf prints and bark rubbings.

                                                                 This unit is 10 pages in length.

    APPRECIATING            MAKING OUTCOMES         PERFORMING    ORGANISING SOUND                  LISTENING                  COMPOSING
     OUTCOMES                                        OUTCOMES        OUTCOMES                       OUTCOMES                   OUTCOMES


        VA S1.3                   VA S1.1

        VA S1.4                   VA S1.2




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SESSION: ONE


OUTCOMES                          INDICATORS                                           MODELLING                                LEARNING EXPERIENCE

                                                                     Put the word ‘plants’ on the board and brainstorm     Brainstorm words associated with
                 The students may, for example:                      a list of words associated with this topic.           plants.
                                                                     Show the students a flower and ask them to
   VA S1.1          Explore and describe the features of a          describe what they see in detail. Encourage them
                     flower                                          to include technical terms such as: flower, petals,
                                                                     leaves, stamen and stem. Also encourage them          Describe a flower
   VA S1.2          Use a variety of materials to create a flower   to comment on the size, colour, shape, texture
                                                                     and smell of the flower.
   VA S1.4          Discuss the way in which they created their     Explain to the students that they are going to
                     art work                                        create this flower using artwork. The students will
                                                                     be given the choice of materials. The materials
                                                                     include paint, crayon, pencil, tissue paper, crepe
                                                                     paper, coloured paper. Explain that they must
                                                                     use a lead pencil to draw the flower on a sheet of    Explain and demonstrate task – using
                                                                     paper. Encourage them to consider the details         a variety of materials to create a
                                                                     they have brainstormed about the flower. The          flower on paper
                                                                     students then select at least two materials to add
                                                                     to their drawing. For instance the students may
                                                                     select to paint the stem and leaves of the flower
                                                                     and cut and glue tissue paper to form the petals.

                                                                     On each set of desks, have a variety of materials.
                                                                     The students create their interpretation of the
                                                                     flower.
                                                                     Discuss and share art work.

                                                                                                                           Share art work




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SESSION: TWO


OUTCOMES                           INDICATORS                                           MODELLING                                 LEARNING EXPERIENCE

                                                                     Show the students a still life painting of a vase of
                 The students may, for example:                      flowers. Lead the students in a discussion by
                                                                     asking them questions such as:                         Discuss a still life painting of a vase
   VA S1.3          Identify the subject of a painting               What has the artist used to create this piece        of flowers.
                                                                         of artwork? (I.e. paint)
                    Recognise an art work created with paint         What can you see in the painting?
                                                                      What colours, shapes and textures can you
                    Discuss colours, shapes and textures                see?
                     viewed in a painting                             Why do you think the artist chose a vase of
                                                                         flowers to paint?
                    Suggest reasons why an artist has painted a      What else could the artist have used instead
                     particular subject                                  of paint? (E.g.: pencils, crayons, clay,
                                                                         photograph)
                    Identify other mediums an artist could use to
                     create an art work                              Show the students a vase of mixed flowers. Have
                                                                     the students observe and describe what they see
   VA S1.1          Compare perspectives of an object viewed        in detail. Encourage them to consider the types of
                     from different angles                           flowers, the texture, smell, colour, size and          Discuss in detail, features of a vase
                                                                     shape. Ask them to describe what they can see          of flowers
                                                                     from where they are sitting and compare this to
                                                                     what another student can see from a different
                                                                     position.

                                                                     Explain to the students that they are going to use
                                                                     wax crayons to draw this vase of flowers.              Explanation of task

                                                                     Continued over the page.



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SESSION: TWO CONT’D


OUTCOMES                          INDICATORS                                          MODELLING                               LEARNING EXPERIENCE

                                                                    First of all, they are going to take an imaginary
                 The students may, for example:                     photo of the vase of flowers. Ask them to form a
                                                                    frame using their hands and place this up to their
   VA S1.1          Brainstorm the features of a vase of flowers   eyes so that they can see the vase of flowers
                                                                    inside the frame. Ask the students to discuss
   VA S1.2          Use wax crayons and a paint wash to create     what they can see inside the frame. (This is
                     a still life picture                           intended so that the students recognise that they
                                                                    are only focusing on the vase of flowers and not
   VA S1.4          Discuss the way in which they created their    other peripheral things such as other students.)
                     art work
                                                                    Provide the students with a sheet of art paper
                                                                    and crayons. Have the students create a picture      Use crayons to create a picture of the
                                                                    of the vase of flowers.                              vase of flowers

                                                                    Create different coloured washes by mixing a
                                                                    small amount of paint with water. Have the           Paint a wash over the picture
                                                                    students select a wash and use a brush to paint
                                                                    the wash lightly over their picture.

                                                                    Share art works with the class. Discuss the          Discuss and share art works.
                                                                    reasons why they are different depending on
                                                                    what each student could see from his her
                                                                    position in the class.




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SESSION: THREE


OUTCOMES                          INDICATORS                                            MODELLING                                LEARNING EXPERIENCE

                                                                     Go for a walk around the playground and ask the
                 The students may, for example:                      students to collect leaves that have an interesting    Collect leaf samples
                                                                     pattern and /or shape. (Alternatively, have the
   VA S1.1          Describe the features of a leaf                 students bring in some leaves from home)

                    Discuss the lines and patterns evident in       Provide the students with opportunities to show
                     leaves                                          their leaves and discuss the colour, shape, size
                                                                     and the patterns of the veins on the leaves.
   VA S1.2          Use graphite pencils to draw leaves in detail   Encourage them to describe the lines within the        Describe the patterns and lines in a
                                                                     leaves. For example, “There is a straight line up      leaf
                    Explore the features of clay                    the centre of the leaf and then a number of
                                                                     curved lines branching off to the sides.”

                                                                     Have the students use graphite pencils to draw
                                                                     their leaves on a sheet of art paper. Ask them to
                                                                     include the detail they have observed and              Draw detailed sketches of leaves
                                                                     discussed.                                             using graphite pencils

                                                                     Explain to the students that they will be using clay
                                                                     to make copies of their leaves. Demonstrate
                                                                     manipulating the clay in your hands. Discuss its
                                                                     malleability and the fact that it can sometimes        Explore features of clay
                                                                     become quite hard and leathery. A little water can
                                                                     make it easier to manage.

                                                                     Continued over the page.




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SESSION: THREE CONT’D


OUTCOMES                          INDICATORS                                          MODELLING                                LEARNING EXPERIENCE


                 The students may, for example:                    Demonstrate using plastic utensils to cut the clay
                                                                   to the shape of a leaf. Use a pencil, stick or other   Demonstrate task
   VA S1.2          Use techniques such as cutting, carving and   instrument to make vein markings on the leaf,
                     modelling clay to form leaves                 copying the markings on a real leaf. If the leaf
                                                                   has a stalk, mould a stalk using the clay. Explain
   VA S1.4          Discuss the way in which they created their   that the clay can crack when it is dry and the
                     art work                                      stalk may fall off. Demonstrate making a join by
                                                                   welding it with additional clay and smoothing it
                                                                   into place.

                                                                   Have the students create clay leaves.                  Students create clay leaves.

                                                                   Students share and describe their art works            Share and discuss art work.




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SESSION: FOUR


OUTCOMES                          INDICATORS                                        MODELLING                               LEARNING EXPERIENCE


                 The students may, for example:                   Show the students a picture of Autumn leaves.
                                                                  Ask them to describe the predominant colours of      Discuss the colours found in Autumn
   VA S1.1          Suggest the colours found in Autumn leaves   the leaves i.e. reds, oranges and browns.            leaves.

   VA S1.2          Use paint and a paintbrush to create leaf    Explain to the students that during this session
                     prints                                       they are going to use their leaves to create an
                                                                  Autumn scene.
                    Use a dabbing technique to apply paint
                     evenly on the surface of a leaf              Have a selection of Autumn coloured paints on
                                                                  ice cream lids. Use a paintbrush to dab paint
                    Create a pattern using leaf prints           onto the back of the leaf. Press the leaf firmly     Explain and demonstrate task –
                                                                  onto a piece of art paper to form a print of the     making Autumn leaf prints.
                    Use scissors appropriately to cut leaf       leaf. Continue until there is no more paint on the
                     shapes                                       leaf. Select a different colour and make another
                                                                  print. Continue to add to the page so that there
                    Contribute to a class display                are a number of Autumn leaves covering the
                                                                  sheet.

                                                                  For display purposes, a large tree trunk could be
                                                                  made using black crepe paper. The students
                                                                  could cut leaf shapes from their piece of art        Display
                                                                  paper and position these on and around the
                                                                  black tree trunk.




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SESSION: FIVE


OUTCOMES                          INDICATORS                                            MODELLING                               LEARNING EXPERIENCE


                 The students may, for example:                       Have the students bring in an interesting piece of
                                                                      bark. Allow the students an opportunity to           Discuss the features of a piece of
   VA S1.1          Discuss the features of a piece of bark          describe the piece of bark. Have them consider:      bark
                                                                       the texture
                    Explore lines, patterns and texture evident in    lines
                     a piece of bark                                   patterns
                                                                       colour
   VA S1.2          Use wax crayons to create bark rubbings
                                                                      Also encourage the students to describe the tree
                                                                      from which the piece of bark came.

                                                                      Explain to the students that they are going to
                                                                      make rubbings of their pieces of bark.
                                                                      Demonstrate by placing a sheet of paper on top       Explain and demonstrate task –
                                                                      of the bark and using a wax crayon to rub over       rubbings of bark
                                                                      the top.

                                                                      Have the students make the bark rubbings.

                                                                      Allow the students an opportunity to show their
                                                                      rubbings to their peers.



                                                                      Continued over the page.




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SESSION: FIVE CONT’D


OUTCOMES                          INDICATORS                                         MODELLING                               LEARNING EXPERIENCE


                 The students may, for example:                    Explain to the students that they are going to
                                                                   recreate the tree from which the bark came from.
   VA S1.2          Use graphite pencils to extend the pattern    Demonstrate how they will do this.
                     and lines in a bark rubbing
                                                                   They will cut their bark rubbings into an
   VA S1.4          Discuss the way in which they created their   interesting shape and glue this shape onto           Use graphite pencil to continue bark
                     art work                                      another piece of art paper. They will then use a     pattern
                                                                   graphite pencil to continue the pattern on the
                                                                   paper and to form a tree trunk. Encourage the
                                                                   students to attempt to continue the lines and the
                                                                   patterns that are evident in the original piece of   Create a tree
                                                                   bark. The students add branches and leaves to
                                                                   form the tree from which the piece of bark
                                                                   originally came.

                                                                   Provide the students with opportunities to share     Share art work
                                                                   and discuss their work with their peers.




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                                                        POSSIBLE ASSESSMENT STRATEGIES


   Outcomes based checklist
   Anecdotal records
   Collect and analyse one task
   Photographs
   Students self assessment




                    RESOURCES                                     WEB LINKS              EVALUATION


       Flowers
       Still life painting of a vase of flowers
       Vase of flowers
       Picture of Autumn leaves
       Leaves
       Bark
       Graphite pencils
       Paint
       Art paper
       Scissors
       Glue
       Paintbrushes
       Wax crayons
       Ice cream lids




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