Animal Art – a fun and creative school incursion. Covers curriculum outcomes for Visual Arts, developing drawing, observational and imagination skills.
This course is designed by Noeline Cassettari. Beginning her career as a traditional animator for Hanna-Barbera and Walt Disney, she has also illustrated over 80 children’s books. Experienced in digital and 3D animation, Noeline has taught animation and illustration at school and tertiary levels. Her qualifications include a Degree in Visual Communication Design majoring in Wildlife Illustration, and a postgraduate certificate in Teaching and Learning.
Want to run your own lesson? Just tell us which animal subjects you would like us to bring!
Early Stage 1
Students explore the characteristics of different animals and develop observational skills, by drawing them in structured exercises. Students gain knowledge of the basic form of an object, and use this knowledge to draw imaginary animals characters, using conventions used by animators and illustrators.
VAES1.1 Makes simple pictures and other kinds of artworks about things and experiences.
VAES1.3 Recognises some of the qualities of different artworks and begins to realise that artists make artworks.
VAES1.4 Communicates their ideas about pictures and other kinds of artworks.
Students develop observational skills, and notice how animals move and act, by drawing them. Students gain knowledge of the conventions used by illustrators and animators to illustrate action poses. Students use this understanding to develop their own imaginary characters in action poses. Students create their own comic strip.
VAS1.1 Makes artworks in a particular way about experiences of real and imaginary things.
VAS1.3 Realises what artists do, who they are and what they make.
VAS1.4 Begins to interpret the meaning of artworks, acknowledging the roles of artist and audience.
Students develop observational skills, and notice how animals interact with the world and each other, by drawing them. Students use knowledge of form and shape to convey mood through different body shapes and poses. Students learn conventions of animation to draw imaginary characters with facial expressions that interact with each other and convey emotions.
VAS2.1 Represents the qualities of experiences and things that are interesting or beautiful, by choosing among aspects of subject matter.
VAS2.2 Uses the forms to suggest the qualities of subject matter.
VAS2.3 Acknowledges that artists make artworks for different reasons and that various interpretations are possible.
VAS2.4 Identifies connections between subject matter in artworks and what they refer to, and appreciates the use of particular techniques.
Students develop observational skills, and notice the difference between different animals features, movement and behaviours, by drawing them. Students use the knowledge of shape and form to design imaginary characters. Students understand proportion and perspective and can draw three-dimensional characters in different poses. Students understand the basics of perspective and can place three-dimensional characters in a three-dimensional environment.
VAS3.1 Investigates subject matter in an attempt to represent likenesses of things in the world.
VAS3.3 Acknowledges that audiences respond in different ways to artworks and that they are different opinions about the value of artwork.
VAS3.4 Communicates about the ways in which subject matter is represented in artworks.
We ran a Stage 4 (Year 7) Visual Arts session with Kindifarm. The students completed a series of observational drawings while Tiffany explained important features of the animals. The girls loved the opportunity to handle and observe the baby animals, Tiffany was very patient with the students and answered all their questions. She held the animals so the girls were able to sketch or photograph them for future reference. Students loved the experience and the Kindifarm team were very accommodating or our requirements. Thanks for a wonderful day!
We had a fabulous day with Kindifarm. The girls were so excited about the opportunity to interact and 'get to know' the animals and they really engaged with their observational drawing tasks. Becky and Noeline were incredibly helpful and patient. They were also very generous in their time with the girls, giving them great prompts to improve their drawings. Thank you, Kindifarm for a brilliant day - we'll see you again next year!
anne Kwasner JMC
Adult students enjoy this as much as children, Noeline runs a great class in animation and works well with the students.