This is a two week, 4 hour block of Environmental art lessons where you as the teacher and the students can instantly see the development of their artistic skills and vocabulary.
Focus on Concepts of Form, Pattern, Colour and Shape
This time of year is wonderful to be out side so we take advantage and create Environmental art. I set a homework the week before for students to bring in natural materials from home to add to the bulk of resources which I have.
We begin the lesson with no visuals and by discussing what is environmental art. I collect the student responses which include lists of natural materials and a definition on the white board and leave it there for the closing activity.
By this time the students are pretty excited and motivated to begin creating so I release them to their bags of natural goodies. And they're off! Scattering feathers, shells, seeds and stones building huge towers and piles of random shapes, colours, patterns.
I begin the second half of this block of lessons by looking at and responding to the amazing work of British artist Andy Goldsworthy.
With a final prompt from me to focus on pattern, colour and shape the students once again dive into boxes of natural materials.
This weeks result are so much more focused and creative and demonstrate a real understanding of colour, shape and pattern and how to combine them into an artwork.
Finally another photo is taken and using the art vocabulary book students write an art critic about their sculptures.