Activities - Art and Nature
1. Aboriginal art
Plants and animals are often the subjects of Aboriginal art and tell a story about the connection to the natural world. Research some Aboriginal art. Choose a plant or animal you have seen represented, draw it and write two sentences about why it appears in Aboriginal art.
2. Create a landscape
Using coloured pencils, acrylic paint or watercolours, draw a scene/landscape around your home, or of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Use the images above for some ideas on art styles.
3. Natural material art
Collect leaves and other natural materials that you can use to make an artwork of a plant or animal in your area. Use materials that can represent different elements, such as leaves for petals, sticks for legs, rocks for eyes, or grass for fur.
4. Explore tangrams
A tangram is a puzzle with different shapes. Download the activity sheet and cut out the shapes. Can you use the shapes to make Australian animal outlines? What other outlines could you make? Teacher note: Please see 'Teacher Resources' for further information on this activity.
5. Communicating art
Blindfold a friend. Choose something in the garden and describe it in detail for them to draw. Remember they can’t see it so you will need to use a lot of precise describing words. Swap roles and draw something else based on your friend’s description. Show the two drawings to another friend. Can they tell what was drawn?