It sounds like you have a fair amount of freedom in terms of what you
do, so that opens a lot of possibilities. What level will you be
teaching and who will you be teaching? Is this an international
school or locals?
I think using the outer space theme to talk about the space element of
art is a great idea.
Environmental art a la Andy Goldsworthy is obvious perhaps, but I find
kids respond well to it.
Consumerism/Media - This would be a great opportunity to deal with
advertising and critical thinking. Looking at ads and discussing the
unwritten typically negative messages, then creating their own ads
with more positive messages? You could fold this into environmental
and challenge them to come up with eco-friendly packing design.
Science/Tech/Health - This might be a way to talk about the
engineering process (ID problem, generate ideas, build, evaluate) and
apply it to an independent work of art. You could have students make
simple animations (flipbooks?) that show a scientific process (e.g.
photosynthesis, chemical reaction). Scientific drawings/diagrams are
also a good cross-curricular project.
For the empty Bowl project you could make paper-mache bowls?
Those are my thoughts.
Quoting TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group digest
> Subject: Integrating school themes with art
> From: Maggie White Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2011 09:03:18 +0400
> X-Message-Number: 7
> Hi, everyone,
> My new position in Muscat, Oman starts in just ten days. The school
> works around various themes throughout the year and I'm a little stumped
> at how to integrate some of them with art without resorting to cheesy
> poster design units. It appears we are not obligated to incorporate
> all of them (whew!). Was wondering if any of you have some ideas.
> The first theme is Space: 50 Years of Human Space Flight. I don't want
> to do a literal interpretation of planets/astronauts/etc but was
> thinking around the element of space.
> Next is National Identity. Not sure I want to touch this one, being so
> new here.
> Then there's Caring for the Environment. Recycled art seems obvious;
> any ideas that aren't so obvious?
> Next is Leadership. Here I was thinking of something along the lines of
> Ken Schwab's weave drawings. The students would learn gridding
> techniques to draw a portrait of a leader, then do another drawing of
> that person's life/accomplishments/iconic symbols, and then they would
> cut both into strips to weave together. Any suggestions here?
> Consumerism/Media. No ideas.
> Science/Technology. Think I'll skip this one.
> Health. No ideas.
> Feed the World. The Empty Bowls Project came to mind immediately, but
> there's no kiln available.
> If you have any top-of-the-head ideas for any of these, I would greatly
> appreciate them!