Fruit Cross Sections
By the end of Year 4, students describe and discuss similarities and differences between artworks they make, present and view. They discuss how they and others use visual conventions in artworks. Students collaborate to plan and make artworks that are inspired by artworks they experience. They use visual conventions, techniques and processes to communicate their ideas.
(This unit links to the Science unit for Term 1: Do we really need bees?)
Students view examples of cross sections in artworks, including botanical art and consider why people might create such artworks. In Science, students dissect flowers and fruits to examine the internal parts and make contour drawings of what they see.
Students select a fruit for their artwork. They draw a number of contour line drawings (including blind contour drawing) as an exercise in paying attention to detail.
Students use a view finder to select an interesting square section of one of their drawings to enlarge. They should consider the design principles (e.g. balance, movement, emphasis, repetition etc) when selecting the section and discuss their reasons for selecting the section with others.
After enlarging the section of their drawing, students use watercolour and black crayon or acrylic paints and black marker to add colour to their artwork. They should use an analogous or monochromatic colour scheme in their work but can use a realistic or arbitrary colour scheme. They mount and display their work.