Using the Body as a Markmaking Tool
Students will create drawings using their bodies - specifically their fingers - as markmaking tools. They will study the work of artists Heather Hansen and Judith Ann Braun. The unit will use the body and kinesthetic learning as a method for teaching symmetry: student will simultaneously use both hands to draw the a symmetrical image on both sides of their paper.
Planters Created with Recycled Plastic
Students will work with recycled plastic containers, such as water bottles and milk jugs, to create planters. They will talk about the impact of plastic on the environment, and the importance of recycling and sustainability in both art making and everyday life. The students will study the work of Anna Garforth, and the Rosenbaum design firm, both of whom create gardens and sculptures in this way. Students will decorate their container, plant seeds and help them to grow.
Painting With Tools and Media from Nature
Students will use leaves, sticks, mud and other experimental tools to create paintings. They will learn about renewable resources and learn to utilize the natural world around them for artmaking. Not everyone has the means to buy art supplies, and this lesson addresses alternatives, while also exposing children to new media and tools.
Painting and Dying with Natural Materials
Students will learn about the natural dying traditions of Chinchero, a weaving community in the Sacred Valley Region of Peru. Students will learn about what natural dyes, how to find them, and how to use them. Using easily accessible natural materials, such as teas and juices, students will dye yarn to later be used for weaving.
Recycled Paper Sculpture
Students will create a class set of paper clay using recycled paper, water, flour and glue. They will discuss the importance of recycling and sustainability in art, as well as how to be resourceful and cost effective when making art. Not everyone has the means to buy art supplies, and this lesson addresses solutions to that. After creating clay, students will sculpt with it and paint their sculptures in a way that addresses nature and sustainability.