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#3: Good Health & Well-Being

What does good health and well-being even mean?

How can we learn about this goal through art?

What does good health and well-being look like?

Find out:

Watch this clip to learn about what good health looks like and why your well-being is so important.


While you are watching and listening you might like to think about these questions.

What do the words health and well-being mean?

Can you translate these words into another language?

What causes people to live to live in poor health

What causes poor health? What are some of the effects?

Understanding Goal 3: Good Health & Well-Being (primary)


Where to start?

Thinking about how to link artworks relating to good health and well-being that make sense to our primary school student audience wasn't as easy as I had initially thought. After some research I have broken this down into 4 main areas.

A. Healthy Food & Medicine

B. Healthy Lifestyle-sport & sleep

C. Mental Health and Well-Being

D. Corona Virus related Art

In this section you will find  some starting points, resources and artist names to get you going.

A. Healthy Food & Medicine

There are unlimited examples of art showing fruits, vegetables, still life and healthy foods. There are also some wonderful examples of the connection between art and science, in particular medicine.

Try using some search terms online such as:

·        healthy food paintings

·        artworks that show healthy food

·        healthy lifestyle art

·        art medicine

·        art & germs

·        health paintings

Medical & Art Collaboration


B. Healthy Lifestyle-sport & sleep

Why not start with art made in connection with the Olympic Games?

Search Terms:

·        sport shown through art

·        athletes and art

·        artworks about sport

Art & Sport

Edgar Degas  (French Artist)

The Dance Class 1873

Who is Edgar Degas? Tate Modern Gallery

Alberto Giacometti (Swiss artist)

Who is Alberto Giacometti? Tate Gallery for kids

Teacher resources here-Guggenheim Museum

     Sleep & Dreams

Surrealist Art Movement

Tate Kids-What is Surrealism?



Salvador Dali (Spanish Artist)

The Persistence of Memory, 1931

The Temptation of St.Anthony, 1946

Henri Rousseau (French Artist)

Facts about Henri Rousseau

The Sleeping Gypsy, 1897

Frida Kahlo (Mexican Artist)

The Dream (The Bed), 1940

The Two Fridas, 1939



More Resources

C. Mental Health and Well-Being

Part of SDG # 3 is talking about and understanding mental health, which is about our feelings and thoughts.

When we think about making artwork relating to mental health we can think about all the wonderful artworks made in the world that express different emotions.

Meet Riley's Emotions

Talking About & Understanding what Mental Health is all about









D. Corona Virus related Art

Try with some research online.


Search terms:

  • coronavirus art

  • art through Covid

  • creative covid art

  • art competitions during Covid

Article: Covid-19: Artist honours 'life on the line' NHS workers at Tate Liverpool

Vietnam-In a War, We Draw

In pictures: children around the world display their lockdown art

Art from around the world


There has been an incredible amount of artwork made over the last year related to Covid, from professional to beginner artists and many students have been able to express their experiences of living in a pandemic through art.

Some starting points might be to look at these collections of images and to use the Visual Thinking Strategy, I see, I think, I wonder to start a discussion about how real life can be reflected through artwork. Artworks also tell an audience what was happening historically in any given time.

More Artists

Giuseppe Arcimboldo (Italian Painter)

Art Idea:
Drawing & Painting Still Life

A. Healthy Food & Medicine

Use any traditional still life painting as inspiration for lessons in observation, drawing and painting fruit and vegetables.


You can also use fruits and vegetables for printmaking, by

experimenting with making patterns and textures using chopped up fruit and vegetables (next time I will be sure to ask my school kitchen for items that are about to expire). Apple, lemon, orange, corn, broccoli, carrot, celery and lotus work well.

Gyotaku Fish Prints also work incredibly well and these videos are a great provocation to discuss sustainability and animal rights. My students have made fish prints before using fish (scales must still be on) with printmaking ink, and printed on tissue paper or watercolour paper worked really well (although this method is not exactly sustainable).

NB:  Some art companies do offer plastic models to use instead (dickblick) or (Enasco).

This is also A GREAT PROJECT FOR SDG # 14 Life Below Water

B. Healthy Lifestyle-sport & sleep

Looking at the human body in motion is an excellent way to connect health and art together. 

Students can make wire, clay or  paper mache sculptures or re create sports figures using aluminium foil or pipe cleaners./

Find out about Alberto Giacometti and Edgar Degas's work in the section above.



Art Idea: Collage,
Self-Portraits & Microscope Art

Student can make fantastic examples of what 'being healthy' might look like, by creating magazine, clip art or photograph collages.

These can be made by hand but tend to be very time consuming.

Using an app like Pic Collage or the fantastic iPad app- PICTOBOLDO can help top make artworks quickly and also allow them to look more professional.


C. Mental Health and Well-Being

Self-Portraits & Emotions 

Students can also explore making a collage to represent one emotion or contrasting emotions.

They could also creating drawings and paintings to show different emotions or people or animals


Making self-portraits of students depicting a certain emotion or contrasting two different emotions would also link SDG 3 with art.


A trick with self-portraits is to take photos of your students first.

Next we place tracing paper or baking paper over the top of their photo and secure it with masking tape (on a window in direct sunlight is best). We then have them trace over the main lines of their faces using pencil or black pen.


Now it is time to photocopy the 'traced version' onto watercolour paper and use that as our base. This means the student's work will really look like them and is a helpful way to scaffold students portrait work.

D. Corona Virus related Art

Another great art lesson is to look at cells under microscopes and then draw/ paint them.

We used some pre- made cell slides of plants and blood cells. We also tried to make our own slides and found thin slices of celery and leaves that we'd scratched a little bit worked best. We were able to borrow basic microscopes from our fabulous science teacher Kim Gillingham who is the creator of Drop Thoughts.

Student were fascinated to look closely at cells as well as slices of plants, fruits and vegetables.

We used watercolour pencils and watercolour paint to create final pieces.

Art Idea:
Art Meets Science

Human Body created in the style of a famous artist

This body project is one of my absolute favourites that I came up with a very long time ago (unfortunately these photos of my student's artwork do not do them justice at all).

First, we learnt all about the human body and the interactions and connections between body systems.

Then we learnt how to draw the internal body organs one by one and looked at art by Leonardo da Vinci and the placement of where body organs are actually located in our bodies.

Students chose any well-known artist they wanted and explored what elements actually make up that artist's style, for example Piet Mondrian's style is well known for his use of horizontal and vertical lines, primary colours and abstract style.

Students then had the tricky task of applying their artist's style onto each body part.

Our assessment was a pretty powerful but simple one, can you look at your friend's artwork and guess which artist they chose?


C. Germs & Sculpture

Many years ago when working in Italy I discovered the strange material Play Mais.

Working with a year 1 class we studied germs and the beauty of them along with different diseases before building germ sculptures using play mais, water and toothpicks.

This is a great lesson for

SDG #6 Clean Water and Sanitation as well.

Students can also make giant paper mache or recycled material sculptures of a healthy food.

Taking Action

Here is a list of ideas from the Good Life Goals that can help you to take action on goal #3.


Taking Action

Where do I start?


New Ideas & Resources

Coming soon!


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