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Assessment Resource Centre (ARC)

  1. Stage 2
  2. Creative Arts
  3. Activities
  4. Visual Arts: Insect drawings
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Visual Arts: Insect drawings

Grade Work Samples
End of Stage 2 (end of Year 4)
Grade A Alex   Rania  
Grade B Jamie   Lee   Terry  
Grade C Bobby   Ariel  
Grade D Darcy  

Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:

Visual Arts

Description of activity

Students create an artwork depicting an insect or insect-like creature.

  1. Students make drawings of insect body parts, noting texture or patterns that appeal to them. They can use soft pencils on art paper of different sizes.
  2. They draw their own insect or insect-like creature, observing common features, patterns, lines and colours of insects.
  3. They explore a range of drawing materials and techniques, choosing those best suited to the effect they want to achieve.

Suggested materials

Art paper, crayons, pencils, textas

Prior learning

The students have been participating in a Science and Technology unit on insects. They have used large photographs of insects to identify features including the shape of their body parts, the texture of the skin, patterns of their wings, colours and lines of their antennae. They have used soft pencils to draw insect body parts.

Board of Studies, Creative Arts K–6 Units of Work, pp 32–37


Making (VAS2.1)
Represents the qualities of experiences and things that are interesting or beautiful by choosing amongst aspects of subject matter.
Making (VAS2.2)
Uses the forms to suggest the qualities of subject matter.

Criteria for assessing learning

Students will be assessed on their:

  • experimentation with a range of drawing techniques
  • selection of appropriate materials, tools and techniques to suit their artmaking intentions
  • representation of details of the subject matter of insects and their features including body parts, the texture of their skin, patterns of their wings, colours and lines of their antennae
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