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Re: Nature Drawing

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betti longinotti (p-lstudio)
Thu, 22 Jan 1998 22:42:15 -0500

Its interesting that you should ask about Nature Drawing right now. In
conjunction with a local museum of contemporary art and their exhibiton
entitled, "Divining Nature", we will be conducting a systmewide K-12
unit. Some of the contemporary artists featured are Michael DeJong,
John Beerman, April Gornik , Jacqueline McBain, & Gregory Crane...there
are some others, I just can't remember all their names without looking
at my notes. Some of these contemporary artists were influenced highly
by transcendental philosophy and authors like Emerson and Thoreau. Just
yesterday I showed slides of their artworks to a group of my NAHS
students in preparation for a mural we will be creating. 'Nature' will
be the subject of this public art mural.
What I find so interesting about these contemporary artists' work is
that 'nature' and/or 'landscape' as a theme is almost as old as the
earth itself, yet these artists have found very new and contemporary
approaches to it.
We (school system and museum) just created a modest video about these
artworks to motivate our students into this unit, that will actually air
on our local school system's TV channel. This systemwide unit in
conjunction with the exhibit will simultaneously culminate with a K-12
student art exhibition, to be entitled "Inspired by Nature" that will
include written narratives, by the students as well. We are just right
on the threshold of embarking on this 'nature theme project', likewise
it is serendipity that this subject came forward right now, and to be
able to share it.

In Art & Life,
Betti L.
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