Package 1 - Year 3 and 4 Creative arts - Superhero art insects

Your child will learn about patterns, colours, shapes and lines in artworks.

Week 5 - Package 1 - Year 3 and 4 Creative arts - Superhero art insects

Things your child will need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task.


Back up

  • Smartphone

  • Paper and pencils

  • Another artwork about an insect or superhero

Before your child starts

Things to think about:

  • What information are you able to share with your child about insects and metamorphosis? (Metamorphosis is a process that some animals go through to become adults. Two examples are a caterpillar to a butterfly and a tadpole to a frog.)

  • What do you know about patterns, colours, shapes and lines in artworks?

  • Do you have any comic books or any knowledge of movies with superheros that you can share with your child?

What your child needs to do

  1. Ask your child what they know about metamorphosis. Read the poem ‘Metamorphosis’ by Jackie Hosking, illustrated by Matt Ottley (see below) [Copyright: The School Magazine, Orbit, Issue 10, 2019] with your child. Discuss what it is about.

  2. Recite the poem and use movement to match the meaning of the words and this aspect of the life cycle of a butterfly.

  3. Investigate with your child the Aboriginal artwork ‘Wanka’ (‘Spider’) by Pitjantjatjara artist Harry Tjutjuna from the collection at the Art Gallery of NSW. He is a renowned artist from Australia’s Southern desert region. Locate this on a map. This artwork is about ‘Wati Wanka (Spider Man)’ who is a powerful and clever man, a traditional healer or doctor. Find the spider and eggs in the artwork with your child. Identify and discuss the colours, shapes and lines, particularly around the spider’s legs.

  4. Ask your child to think of an animal or insect they think is clever and/or powerful.

What your child can do next

  1. Discuss popular superheroes and their characteristics with your child. Ask your child to draw, paint or build their own superhero with some special abilities. This might be either the animal or insect identified earlier or a person. Your child may use whatever materials they have available. For example, it may be a painting, a drawing, a sculpture, or been sewn using fabrics and so on.

  2. Encourage your child to write an artist intent statement to indicate what their artwork is about. This statement must include information about the character that has been created and details about how the work was created.

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

Find images of superheroes and discuss their features.

Activity too easy?

Create a cartoon about your superhero character and their special powers.

Extension/additional activity

Create further superheroes and use them in a narrative. Create artworks for each character and then turn this into a complete comic book story.


By Jackie Hosking, illustrated by Matt Ottley.

[Copyright: The School Magazine, Orbit, Issue 10, 2019

Metamorphosis image by Matt Ottley
Reproduced with permission of The School Magazine, Orbit, Issue 10, 2019

‘I wrapped myself inside myself

And gave myself a kiss




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