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Conservation About Teaching Contemporary Ecological Art
1. How can we involve kids in the art of their community that has a tie to
I think that it is very important that children get involved in
both there community and the environment. After all the children we teach
are our communities future, if they don't learn to care then who will?
What better way to get these children involved in their community and the
environment than art? We as art teachers should incorporate these issues
into our teaching. We can make learning about the environment and the
community very fun through art, and this will also help get children
involved in other activities outside of art. Some ideas are to make a
mural about the community and environment for the public. This will get
all of the students do "research" or look at the environment more closely.
They will also be proud of what they have done and encourage others to get
involved because of their pride. Another thing that might be possible is
to have different discussion with the children about these topics and then
develop art projects around these discussion.
2. How do artists and educators understand contemporary ecological art?
I really have no idea how to answer this question. My guess would
be that we as artist and educators must be educated in ecological issue
the same as children in order for us to understand contemporary ecological
art. I think that it is the same way with any type of art, we need to
learn how to look at it in order to understand it. If anybody has other
input I would like to hear from you.
3. How has your community addressed ecological issues, traditionally and in
Again I don't have any in depth answer to this question; however, I
do have a little bit of background about certain issues that the Arizona
Game and Fish has dealt with in the past. Most recent is the famous Pygmy
Owl. The Pygmy Owl has brought up great controversy in Tucson Arizona.
This was discovered when The Amphitheater School District decided that
they wanted to build a new high school. Ecologist said that they could
not build a school where they wanted because the endangered Pygmy Owls
lived in that area, and the school would hurt their habitat. This waged a
war between Amphitheater parents, school district and Ecologists. The
result was a court battle, a big news story, and people from both sides
picketing for their cause. The Arizona Game and Fish have been watching
the endangered Pygmy Owl since this war started. They developed a project
where they would watch where the Pygmy Owl had been spotted. They found
that there were owls in that area and that they had children. The out
come of this battle was that The Amphitheater School District decided to
build their school on a different site, so the Pygmy Owls are free to