(Note: You Tube Videos with Sound may be more accessible via laptop or PC)
During Third Grade’s last art rotation of the year, students worked on an Interdisciplinary Unit ‘Sharing the Planet’ with the Central Idea: The consumption of Earth’s resources impacts the environment and requires innovative solutions for sustainability, and with the Key Concept of Responsibility and the Related `Concept of Causation. In Art, our Line of Inquiry was: Interpreting and analysing art enables people to understand artist intent and composition’.
Students tuned in to the notion of creating meaningful art with recycled materials through viewing and discussing the content of the following video.
They also made close studies from images of art created with recycled materials, through drawing and making observations of ways in which artists used materials to create new forms.
(Images borrowed from www.illuzone.net)
The original plan was for students to have the opportunity to be creative with recycled junk materials. Thank you to the families who collected various junk for this work. However, not enough was collected for an entire grade level (we have saved it for future years!). Our unit therefore, changed direction, regarding the final outcome.
Keeping in mind, that we wanted to use recycled materials as best possible, and find ways to create art with limited materials, we moved towards observing the work of a Japanese artist known on Twitter as Setsu and the art form known as chigiri-e, or torn paper collage.
(images borrowed from SBS Australia)
As a preliminary exercise students practised seeing magazine images for their color only, and creating some torn paper collage of their own.
Thinking about our precious planet and the beautiful creatures upon/within it, students moved on to thinking about their favorite animals as a subject for their final work. Having already considered the art element of color, they were now to focus on shape and form. Using images found on the internet students observed basic shapes/forms within the body of a creature of their choice. With newsprint paper and masking tape only, they worked in groups to create and join various forms.
Here a video of artists in action. Some chose to work independently, others collaboratively.
More to follow in next blog post.