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To understand the value of the miracles of the natural world and to use an art-making activity to consolidate and share that understanding.


•   To have participants reflect on the marvel of natural environments and how spending time in a natural environment affects them and others.
•   To have participants reflect on the connection between music, movement and mood.
•   To improve spoken language.
•   To have participants use body movement to understand and imitate creatures in the wild.
•   To have participants engage in the art-making process in a way that encourages creativity and an element of movement.
•   To have participants use their art making to create awareness in others of the marvel of our world.

•   ¿Illusion? film and/or Internet: Filmography/Illusion (Video 1 of 4)
•   Crayons or oil pastels, watercolours or watercolour pencils, watercolour paper or heavy white or natural coloured stock (recycled file folders), scissors, small magnets and metal object, thin rods such as bamboo skewers (ends clipped), folded card strips, double-sided thick tape
•   Music from the film and/or other music samples and/or musical instruments

  Worksheet 1 – Art Making Worksheet 1 – Art Making

Preliminary Activity


Have students view part 1 of the film, stopping before the magician comes.

Group discussion
•   What animals do you see in the film?
•   Which of these animals have you seen in the natural environment? Which of these animals do you think your grandparents have seen?
•   Which emotions do you feel as you watch this part of the film? (happiness, sadness, nervousness, anger, peacefulness, fear, excitement, etc.)
•   What evidence of animal families or animal communities do you see?
•   How would you describe the soundtrack (music)? What mood does it create?
•   What made the children come to the window and laugh?
•   Would you describe these first scenes as rural or urban? Why?
•   How were the children feeling? What makes you think this?
•   Describe where they were playing. What were they playing? Have you ever played any of these games?
•   With your hands and bodies make movements that imitate one of the creatures shown. Can your friends guess which creature you are?
•   Frédéric Back is concerned about the environment. He wants children to understand how important it is in our lives. He wants everyone to value their connection with the environment, to respect it and love it. Frédéric Back is also an artist and animator. What do you like about his artwork? Talk about the way the objects in his film move? How might you do that with a piece of your own art?




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Main Activity

With crayons and watercolour, or cut and torn paper, create a scene that this early music helps you feel, a scene that shows the joy of a natural life: play, animals, trees, flowers, parts of the environment that make you happy. Create at least one movable feature of the art piece that will move behind, over or around other aspects of your work. Use Worksheet 1 – Art Making for more details.

Worksheet 1 – Art MakingWorksheet 1 – Art Making

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Follow-up Activity


Move your art pieces to the music from the first part of Filmography/Illusion (0:35, Video 1 of 4).

Alternately you may use a short selection of music of your choice. In small groups share your moving art.

Try using movables from several artists on each background. Share your moving pictures with students from another class or video them to make a class animation.

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