Visual Art Elements Unit – Middle Years

Unit Plan

Visual Art Elements Unit – Middle Years

10 x Lessons | Suitable for Grades: 3 - 4

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

It consists of 10 lessons ranging from 60–90 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.

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

 Overview

Objectives

  • To investigate how lines are used to define objects, add detail and express emotion in visual arts.
  • To create a class artwork by experimenting with line and pattern.
  • To investigate how geometric and organic shapes are used in visual arts.
  • To create a mobile artwork using organic shapes.
  • To investigate how form can be achieved in visual arts.
  • To create an imaginary creature from clay by experimenting with shape and form.
  • To investigate how colour is used to express feeling and evoke a response in visual arts.
  • To create a rainforest scene using tints and shades of green.
  • To investigate how texture can be achieved in visual arts.
  • To create a patterned mandala by experimenting with a variety of textures.

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 Science.

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

Exploring Line

A 60-minute lesson in which students will investigate how lines are used to define objects, add detail and express emotion in visual arts.

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

Working with Line – Pattern to Picture

A 60-minute lesson in which students will create a class artwork by experimenting with line and pattern.

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

Exploring Shape

A 60-minute lesson in which students will investigate how geometric and organic shapes are used in visual arts.

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90 minutes
Lesson 4

Working with Shape – Organically Abstract Mobile

A 90-minute lesson in which students will create a mobile artwork using organic shapes.

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

Exploring Form

A 60-minute lesson in which students investigate how form can be achieved in visual arts.

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90 minutes
Lesson 6

Working with Form – Crazy Clay Critter

A 90-minute lesson in which students will create an imaginary creature from clay by experimenting with shape and form.

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60 minutes
Lesson 7

Exploring Colour

A 60-minute lesson in which students will investigate how colour is used to express feeling and evoke a response in visual arts.

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90 minutes
Lesson 8

Working with Colour – Marvellous Monochrome

A 90-minute lesson in which students will create a rainforest scene using tints and shades of green.

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60 minutes
Lesson 9

Exploring Texture

A 60-minute lesson in which students will investigate how texture can be achieved in visual arts.

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60 minutes
Lesson 10

Working with Texture – Textured Mandala

A 60-minute lesson in which students will create a patterned mandala by experimenting with a variety of textures.

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  Australian Curriculum alignment

  • ACAVAM110

    Explore ideas and artworks from different cultures and times, including artwork by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to use as inspiration for their own representations

  • ACAVAM111

    Use materials, techniques and processes to explore visual conventions when making artworks

  • ACAVAM112

    Present artworks and describe how they have used visual conventions to represent their ideasElaborationsmaking decisions about how their artwork could be displayed, for example, mounted and framed, in public spaces, on the internet, and in the media ...


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