Visual Art Elements Unit – Lower Years

Unit Plan

Visual Art Elements Unit – Lower Years

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This Visual Arts unit investigates the Elements of Visual Art. Demonstrations and artistic techniques are explored, with particular attention given to line, shape and colour.

It consists of 7 lessons of approximately 60-minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

Three artwork assessment tasks for monitoring student understanding of the unit objectives and techniques are included throughout the unit.

Teachers are encouraged to collect samples of students’ work throughout the unit to add to a visual arts portfolio. These can also be used to assess students’ understanding of the unit objectives.

 Overview

Objectives

  • To introduce students to the seven elements of art, and to have them practise drawing images related to self.
  • To investigate line and how it can be used effectively to convey meaning in visual arts.
  • To investigate line and how it can be used to create patterns to effectively convey meaning in visual arts.
  • To investigate shape and how it can be used effectively to convey meaning in visual arts.
  • To investigate geometric and organic shapes and how they can be used effectively to convey meaning in visual arts.
  • To introduce the use of colour in visual arts.
  • To investigate colour and how it can be used effectively to convey meaning in visual arts.

Preparing for Learning

This Visual Arts unit provides excellent opportunities for cross-curricular integration. Look for ways to meaningfully integrate the content of the unit with other learning areas, e.g. Literacy and Health/PE.

Prior to commencing the unit, develop a classroom display to showcase the students’ art. Display word wall vocabulary and educational posters for students to engage with throughout the unit to stimulate their learning. For examples of additional teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Visual Arts collection on the Teach Starter website.

Many of the resources that accompany this unit plan need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, teachers are advised to browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.

For some of the lessons in this unit, students explore mixed media at various stages. Additional adult supervision at some of these stages would be beneficial.

 Lessons

60 minutes
Lesson 1

Visual Arts Elements Introduction

A 60-minute lesson in which students are introduced to the seven elements of art.

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

What Is Line?

A 60-minute lesson in which students are introduced to the use of line in visual arts.

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

Types of Line

A 60-minute lesson in which students consolidate their knowledge of the use of line in visual arts.

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60 minutes
Lesson 4 (Assessment)

Assessment – Patterns, Lines and Feelings

An assessment task in which students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the use of line in visual arts.

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

What Is Shape?

A 60-minute lesson in which students investigate shape and how it can be used effectively to convey meaning in visual arts.

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60 minutes
Lesson 6

Geometric and Organic Shapes

A 60-minute lesson in which students investigate geometric and organic shapes and how they can be used effectively to convey meaning in visual arts.

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60 minutes
Lesson 7 (Assessment)

Assessment – My Garden Grows

An assessment task in which students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the use of organic shapes in visual arts.

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60 minutes
Lesson 8

What Is Colour?

A 60-minute lesson in which students are introduced to the use of colour in visual arts.

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60 minutes
Lesson 9

Using Colour

A 60-minute lesson in which students investigate colour and how it can be used effectively to convey meaning in visual arts.

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60 minutes
Lesson 10 (Assessment)

Assessment – Cylinder Sculpture

An assessment task in which students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the use of colour in visual arts.

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  Australian Curriculum alignment


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