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Nature photography

Creative Arts – Visual Arts

Program overview

Students learn photography theory and tips and tricks to improve photos taken on everyday devices. They explore their school grounds and find nature and beauty, often in unlikely places!

Session details

90-105 minutes. Up to 3 sessions (one class each) per day.

Key syllabus outcomes


  • investigate subject matter in an attempt to represent likenesses of things in the world (CA-VAS3.1)
  • acknowledge that audiences respond in different ways to artworks and that there are different opinions about the value of artworks (CA-VAS3.3)
  • communicate about the ways in which subject matter is represented in artworks (CA-VAS3.4)

Learning experiences

Students are inspired by a PowerPoint presentation showing outstanding photos taken by primary school students. They learn some photography theory as well as tips to take quality photos on iPads.

In pairs, students spend time outside around their school grounds taking photos applying their new knowledge. They complete a 'scavenger hunt' of photos.

Back in the classroom, students must narrow down their images to 5 favourites. From those five, they choose one photo to share with the class. They explain why they chose the photo and classmates offer feedback.