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Lesson Plans

Andy Goldsworthy

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Anna L Velasco (alv)
Mon, 8 Dec 1997 11:34:59 -0700 (MST)

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Dear Christine,
Thank you for sharing your activity about Andy Goldsworthy. It is amazing
to me how good and exciting art can be made with things of nature, even if
it is just basic materials like rocks and gravel. I have been planning a
rock shelter for my small figure nativity set for my own personal use. My
group in Arts Method class is working on a lesson plan using Andy
Goldsworthy ideas. We too are going to take photographs about their art;
but additionally, when I have my own classroom I would like each child to
have a personal album with pictures of themselves throughout the year
with their art work and other class activities. I plan to have a camera
with film to take individual and group pictures for each of thier albums.
At the end of the year they will have a nice autobiographical memory of
their childhood that they will probably keep for years to come.
Another activity that I will make with the children is to take them on a
walk and look for rocks that resemble something meaningful to them. They
will bring the rock into the classroom and make a drawing about the rock
designating what it looks like, perhaps a heart or leaf etc. Afterwards
they can present their rock and drawing to the class and explain their
conclusions. This idea came to me because of a friend who collects heart
shaped rocks when she goes for a walk. Now I myself have a collection of
rocks from her and my husband and children who have learned this from her.
Margarita Velasco

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