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The Natural Environmet as Art



Art and the Environment


This thematic unit of work was designed by Max Darby and is being adapted from his earlier work.



This file outlines an extensive combination of ideas that are interrelated and that allow enormous opportunities for the sequencing of experiences. They also allow students great flexibility to personalize their own investigations and interpretations of art and ideas. It should be cross-referenced with the files titled Protecting the Environment and World Heritage List.



The Art and the Environment theme can be explored in three key ways, each highlighted below for convenience with different colours which will be used throughout. These provide a logic to the ordering of the many activities which you can design yourself. Alternatively, you could use the activities provided below.



Art in the Environment


The Environment as Art


The Environment in Art



The first and most important step in planning this thematic unit is to tease out the possible interactions between Art and the Environment. This can be done by highlighting some of the possibilities available under each of those 3 headings above. For example:



Art in the Environment

How is art generated in the environment?

How is art located, exhibited, displayed in the environment?

How can students experience and make art in or for the environment?

 

 

 

 

Art in the Environment; Chonqing; China.

 

 

 

 



The Environment as Art

How can the natural and constructed environment be appreciated?

How can the natural environment be preserved and protected?

How is the constructed environment created as a designed artifact?

How does the constructed environment grow?

How can students be engaged in designing environmental works.

 

 

 

 

The Environment as Art

 

 

 

 



The Environment in Art


How can students express their views of the environment in writing and in their artworks?

How have artists depicted the environment in art through the ages?

 

 

 

 

Art in the Environment

 

 

 

 


Providing an Order to the 3 Themes


To help in providing a logical order to the class activities, each of those 3 ways above of exploring Art and the Environment will also have 3 aspects within them to guide the students’ explorations. These three aspects are based on key areas of experience that should be provided in an Art Program:

1. Art History – learning about art from different past and present cultures

2. Art Criticism – making their own, personal judgments, interpretations and evaluations about art

3. Art Production – making their own artworks in different forms, media and materials.



The structure of the unit or work contains those things – Three aspects of the Art and the Environment theme and three ways within those to structure activities, as laid out below.

Art in the Environment

1. Art History: Numerous activities provided

2. Art Criticism: Numerous activities provided

3. Art Production: Numerous activities provided



The Environment as Art

1. Art History: Numerous activities provided

2. Art Criticism: Numerous activities provided

3. Art Production: Numerous activities provided



The Environment in Art

1. Art History: Numerous activities provided

2. Art Criticism: Numerous activities provided

3. Art Production: Numerous activities provided



The final task once this point is reached is to then design appropriate individual activities to fit within each of those areas listed above. Students can be active in deciding some of these activities. Some new activities will evolve as others are explored.




Art in the Environment



Art History activities.

To be provided

Art criticism activities

To be provided

Art Production activities

To be provided



The Environment as Art



Art History activities.

To be provided

Art criticism activities

To be provided

Art Production activities

To be provided



The Environment in Art




Art History activities.

To be provided

Art criticism activities

To be provided

Art Production activities

To be provided




This file is to be completed in the next few days and individual activities will be provided. (3/2/09)

Max

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