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Lesson Plans

Involving children in Ecological Art

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Haydee Martinez (martineh)
Sun, 12 Oct 1997 18:41:19 -0700 (MST)

When posed with the question "How can we involve kids in the art
of their community that has a tie to the environment?" a lot of things
come to mind.
In my opinion, I believe that in order to get things involved, art
should be an important part of school curriculums. Children need to
understand and know about art in order to appreciate fully. We cannot
expect children to become ecstatic about something if they have never been
introduced to it whether formally or informally. Once children have the
basic comprehension of art concepts, then they will slowly become
interested in other areas of art, which in this case would be ecological
If we think about it, involvement in ecological art would require
the integration of such topic into schools given that most children do not
have access to clubs or organizations dealing with ecology. Teachers,
therefore, have the responsibility of allowing children to become
involved. In order for success to occur, I believe that teachers should
try to know what childrens' interests are. Teachers should try to focus on
a place that children like--for instance a park or even their own school.
They can work on an artwork together or individually. It is possible to
make a contest asking children to come up with a work of art tying to
ecology and using whatever medium they chose and having the prize be to
display the artwork in the school. Another option might be doing artwork
involving recycled material.
The benefits of such involvement would extend far beyond learning
about ecology and art. They would develop their self-esteem, cooperation
skills and even their awareness of the world itself and their existence.