This is a four-page resource on Anna Atkins. You can photocopy back to back and laminate for repeated use. I have included three tasks and evaluation questions. Also, source images of shells and plants for students to work from if they do not have objects for primary observation.
Can be used as a cover lesson during a relevant project (photograms, natural forms, shape…). Also as an extension activity, or as a whole class task. Students are asked to read the information about the artist then answer questions, then show their visual understanding by making first a tonal shell drawing, then a cut paper leaf or plant. The evaluation questions ask them to compare.
A great lesson for introducing a pioneering woman artist and scientist whose work is inspiring for young people.