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Lindsay J Crelman (lcrelman)
Sun, 2 Nov 1997 20:50:38 -0700 (MST)

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I would like to respond to the question, What approaches do you use to
teach about life-centered issues and ecological art?

The easiest way for students to learn about ecological art and
life-centered issues is to study it, examine it, present it and ultimately
experience it. We can teach about ecological art by visiting different
museums that
have exhibits on this type of art. The university of Arizona has a
wonderful exhibit on ecological art installations.
As a class, we studied and observed each of the six installation peices
and had an
in depth discussion on how this particular artwork related to or
represented art and ecology. Class dicussions are a good way of
expanding student's thougts and point of view on a certain issue or
topic. Many of the teaching strategies and approaches that Janet Reger
uses in her lesson, Perspectives of the Environment-Dublin Scioto High
School are also effective ways of teaching about
life-centered
issues and ecological art. In this lesson, children create their own
artwork and present it to the community. By doing this
the children are sure to gain a greater appreciation about this type of
art and their enviornment in which they live. Inviting
an enviornmentalist to the classroom to lead a discussion or just give
important information about ecological issues within the community is
another
good approach to teaching about this topic. Their are numerous things a
teacher could do to help their students gain a greater knowledge of this
area. Involving your students with extensive research through various
methods is another example (Ex. having them work in groups or individually
and find current issues in the newspaper, magazines, journals, etc. and
then discuss and expand on them. Allow students to visit and observe
different areas and talk to different people concerning this issue.
ETC...).


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