Guiseppe Arcimboldo Food Portraits — Year 3-4

These lessons were part of the Year 3 & 4 Inquiry Unit of ‘Food Sources’. We began by viewing artworks by Guiseppe Arcimboldo, describing, discussing and comparing, then we watched a couple of YouTube videos about the artist (see full lesson plan attached below with links)

I went to a market and bought a variety of fruit and veg including $1 bags of food on their last legs! I also got students to bring in pieces of fruit and vegetables to use to make a food portrait. I set up a table with the fruit and veg in containers, some cut in half and 5 face templates to work on. The other students were working on drawing a food face portrait.

Learning Intentions: To learn about the art of Giuseppe Arcimboldo. To compare 2 Arcimboldo artworks, interpreting the artist’s intention. I can describe some Arcimboldo artworks, discussing the materials and techniques used to make them, what the artwork is made of, what choice of material is used to enhance the audience’s understanding of the artist’s intention, and compare artworks, noting similarities and differences. (Explore ideas and artworks from different cultures and times as inspiration to create visual artworks (VCAVAE025) Identify and discuss how ideas are expressed in artworks from a range of places, times and cultures (VCAVAR028) )

To learn about UNITY, VARIETY and TEXTURE so I can combine elements of different fruit & vegetables to to create interest, and make a balanced, harmonious, complete whole. I can use real fruit, vegetables and food to make a food portrait which I will photograph to capture my creation. I can draw various fruit and vegetables in an arrangement to make a face portrait. (Explore visual conventions and use materials, techniques, technologies and processes specific to particular art forms, and to make artworks  (VCAVAV026)) Explore different ways of displaying artworks to enhance their meaning for an audience (VCAVAP027)

Students viewed the artwork by Arcimboldo entitled Vertumnus (1590) and completed an “I see, I think, I wonder” then shared thoughts. Another activity was to compare 2 artworks in a Venn diagram.

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Fruit and Vegetable Portraits in oil pastels, water soluble pastels and coloured pencils.