Fantasy Machine Project
1. Each child will take home a short worksheet. The worksheet will ask the
child to find areas in and around their house where they could create a water
conservation artwork. For example; in the garden, a small rain catcher could
be placed, picking up on Jody Pinto's idea of storing, then using rain water
to reclaim an arid area.
2. Students will be asked to draw a Fantasy Machine. Their machine will have
to use some recycled parts (hoses, cans, etc.) It will also have to help them
solve their water conservation problem.
When the drawings are complete, we will all use our new found skills in art
criticism to discuss the drawings.
3. Students would then bring in recycled items to help create a prototype
model. We will provide material as well, based on their ideas. For example;
cardboard tubes and foil for Buster Simpson-type drain spouts. Each student
will build their Fantasy Machine model. After the models are built, we will
discuss each one, using the criteria used to discuss the Buster Simpson and
Jody Pinto works.
The goal of this project is to have the students see their artworks in
aesthetic terms. They will be able to use the same vocabulary they used to
discuss the "Professional" artist's works on their own artworks. They will
have the added benefits of having designed and created an artwork that
addresses the problems of our fragile ecology.
Tucson is currently looking into creating a renewed riparian area in the Santa
Cruz River area. The suggestions include asking artists to submit designs for
a gateway to the park. This is a good tie-in with our project; we will
discuss the park and create a list of possible ideas for the park design.
Seeing a project from inception to completion in the community is a great way
to learn about public art, the community and aesthetics.