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Natural and Man Made - David Hockney (Photography)

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TEACHER: Jean Copeland

Duration: 10 weeks
Level/s: Year 4 Level 3
Curriculum Links: Specific Learning Outcomes:

The Arts

UC: Students will investigate the purposes of objects and images in past and present cultures and identify contexts in which they were or are made, viewed, and valued.
CI: Students will explore and describe how different media influence the communication and interpretation of ideas in their own and others' work.
DI: Students will generate and develop visual ideas in response to a variety of motivations, using imagination, observation, and a study of artists' works.
PK: Students will apply knowledge of elements and principles to make objects and images, using art-making conventions and a variety of techniques, tools, materials, processes, and procedures.

  • Observe artworks using natural and man made materials.
  • Explore the style of a specific artist
  • Develop ideas to create an art work using natural and man-made materials.
  • Explore and discuss how different media view images.
  • Create own art work.


Essential Skills/Key Competencies

  • Problem Solving/Thinking
  • Self Management/Managing Self
  • Social and Co operative/Relating to others


  • Planet Earth & Beyond AO1/2

Social Studies

  • Place and Environment A.O.2

Health & Physical Wellbeing

  • Healthy Communities and Environments A.O.4


  • Written Language - Poetic
  • Visual Language

Enduring Understandings
Our environment consists of natural and man made features which affect our life.

 A familiar environment creates a sense of belonging.

Overall Success Criteria:
  1. Discuss the artist's work using natural and man made materials.
  2. Draft a range of designs.
  3. Select a design to create a personal artwork.
  4. Make comparisons between artists' and own work.
Big Questions/Assessment Focus Question/s:
  1. What is an environment?
  2. How does the environment affect life?
  3. What materials has David Hockney used?
  4. How has David Hockney interpreted natural features?
  5. What words come into your head when you view his artwork?
  6. What themes might David Hockney explore?


  • Classroom environment: Chairs, tables, books, pencils, equipment, toys
  • School environment: Playground, Rock Wall, Pohutukawa and Puriri Trees, Classrooms, Auditorium
  • Community environment: Neighbourhood, Township, Mountain and Waterfront
  • Magnifying Glass
  • Laminated Viewers
  • A4/A5 Cartridge Paper
  • Sketching Pencils
  • Tukutuku Korero Volume 84 Number 7 25/04/05
  • Big Smoke - New Zealand City People in the '60s and '70s by John Daley
  • Henri Cartier - Bresson in India
  • Fabric and Fibre Exploring the Visual Arts in Years 1 - 6
  • David Hockney: a retrospective organised by Maurice Tuchman and Stephanie Barron.

Introduction for Teachers:

David Hockney's photographic montages appealed for their interaction with the environment and the perception of movement. His ability to piece together images to recreate 3 dimensional forms was approached like a jigsaw puzzle by the students. Using detailed observation and problem solving skills created many discussions and comparisons between the artists' and their own work.

Professional Reading:

I found the Hockney Posters and the David Hockney website provided adequate information. Details were comprehensive, illustrating technique, style and thinking when producing artworks.

Teaching and Learning Sequence:


Self-assessment based on success criteria.

Your task is to gather information, material and resources across the term. It is to be documented as a visual journal.

Use the success criteria to self evaluate your visual journal.

Self-assessment schedule

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