La Trobe Art Institute

Draw Chat Habitat


Suitable for

Years 5-8

Subject areas

The Arts, Critical & Creative Thinking

Our lives intersect with animals every day. We share our homes with pets, encounter pests and rely on animals as a food producer and food source. What animals have you interacted with today?


Artist and farmer Anna Louise Richardson and La Trobe University researchers will guide students through this multi-session workshop looking at the everyday interactions between humans and animals.


Students will be exposed to the valuable work that La Trobe researchers are doing to protect vulnerable species, support human-animal interactions and secure future food production.



  • Anna Louise Richardson – Artist and Farmer
  • Professor Travis Beddoe – Field of Research: bees and food security, La Trobe University
  • Karen Annett-Thomas – Public Programs Coordinator, La Trobe Art Institute (Convener)

Session 1 (Pre-recorded content)

Introducing key concepts, research and instructions for activity.



PDF: Draw Chat Habitat: Teachers’ notes


Session 2 (Classroom delivery) 

Explore and create, teacher-guided session using instructional video.


Session 3 (Zoom presentation by Professor Travis Beddoe)

Sharing workshop outcomes, findings and display of drawings.


Session times available:

  • Tuesday 14 September
  • 10am-11am or 2pm-3pm

Zoom links will be sent to registered classes ahead of the event.


More information

If you have any questions, please contact


Please note: Students will require journals and wet and dry drawing media.


Image credit: Anna Louise Richardson, Aziza’s zodiac, 2018–19, graphite and glitter on paper, 200 x 420 cm. Courtesy the artist.