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Lesson Plans


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elizabeth garber (egarber)
Tue, 4 Nov 1997 14:47:29 -0700

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Kim Erickson suggested taking elementary kids to a landfill to help them
visualize how much trash there is and begin problem solving about reducing
trash. She asked how to incorporate this into an art project.

Kim, I agree with you about the benefits of introducing students early to
this problem. Do you know that the U of Arizona has an area of study in
"garbology"? Bill Moyers included it on a program a decade ago, in which he
studied trash & garbage. The video would make a good supplement to a

There are a number of artists who have made art with "detritus" (often
societal throw-aways, rather than trash). Karen Claus wrote a master's
thesis on some of these artists. Check the Penn State University library
catalog. This would be one route to follow in art. Another is to consider
the materials we use for art. "Magic markers" are ubiquitous yet are
environmentally unsound. Alternatives that I know of are pastels, colored
pencils, colored inks, and grease pencils. This kind of consciousness in
art can lead awareness in other areas in which we consume. Pam Taylor
recently published an article in the journal _Art Education_ in which she
talked about consumption of materials in the art room. (Check the September
1997 issue.) There's a new issue of _Art Education_ just out (Nov. 1997)
with the theme "Art and Ecology."

I was also interested to read that Biosphere may have been contaminated by
Domino's Pizza. (Domino's is under a political boycott for non-ecological
reasons.) I had heard that there were a lot of internal reasons that the
two-year sustainability experiment was stopped.

Thanks for your good ideas.


Elizabeth Garber, Ph.D. office phone: 520.621.9304
Associate Professor of Art fax: 520.621.2955
University of Arizona email: egarber
Department of Art, PO 210002 home phone: 520.740.1529

Tucson, AZ 85721.0002

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