In this fundamentals lesson, students investigate the processes of documenting place through the use of cartography, more specifically through the work of Lordy Rodriguez and NASA’s photographs from the ‘Earth as Art’ initiative. The students utilize technology to explore Google Maps in search of an aesthetically interesting satellite image for inspiration. Students then create an abstract piece while focusing on shape, line, color and composition and developing connections with the specific location of their choice.
This lesson explores the repurposing of materials to use as art supplies, while focusing on the work of artist Erika Iris Simmons. Students create a piece by using symbolic mixed media materials while considering the elements of contour line and shape.
Students depict a topic or social issue that they would like to see change in the future (equality, education, environmental issues, etc.). They will do so by painting in a futurist style by using fragmented forms and multiple vantage points to convey change and motion of related figures or objects to communicate their ideas.
This lesson explores the idea of repurposing materials through the work of the rising local artist, Erika Iris Simmons. Students utilize symbolism to visually depict a song lyric of their choice using the cassette tape as their primary material.
Students were able to engage in this exciting and innovative lesson as well as work with the artist herself! As a result of taking initiative as an educator, this lesson has motivated students to change the way they think about art making as well as provide exposure to incredible possibilities within the contemporary art world.
This unit is designed to introduce place as a multifaceted idea. By offering varying meanings, students will have the opportunity to explore place in several contexts, and begin to re-define what they consider to be place.
The first lesson, “C-art-ography” investigates a more literal definition of place, by introducing cartography and artist Lordy Rodriguez students develop connections with specific locations and learn how to artistically interpret a map.
The second lesson, “Little People, Big World” explores place and the work of Slinkachu, through its definition of recreating appearance and spatial relationships while connecting themes such as point of view, scale, and public art.
In the final lesson, “Oh The Places You’ll Go”, students will create a short film documenting an exploration of place from their point of view while referencing the work of Daniel Ilabaca and Matteo Giacchella.
Below are images of the Lesson 1 in practice along with several teacher examples: