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Lesson Plans

Inquiry Questions

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Anna L Velasco (alv)
Mon, 8 Dec 1997 13:02:42 -0700 (MST)

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How can we involve kids in the art of their community that has a tie to
the environment?
First of all I would investigate around town where I can find art related
to nature. Currently at the university there are many amazingly beautiful
artworks by Robert Wick. Some of his statues are about ten feet tall.
They are made of brass and have a nice patina coloration. There are
several places in his statues where bonsais and other plants thrive.
Usually his work represents people but they have an abstract look about
them. Children will find his work exciting.
Another thing that I may do is drive around town to see how the people in
their community beautify their home. Some houses are truly a work of art.
Children will then walk through their neighborhoods and appreciate the
bautiful tree that has been accented or the flowers surrounding a wishing
well. At another time they will have a lesson about the conservation of
water and learn to recognize the plants that are beautiful and that
need little watering to stay healthy. Here in Tucson the Botanical
Gardens have displays about plants and the conservation of water. The
Botanical Garden is a good resource that will teach the children that with
little water landscaping can still be aesthetically pleasing. Water is an
important issue in Tucson, Arizona.

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