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Lesson Plans


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Jason & Amy Metcalfe (jamet)
Tue, 27 Oct 1998 12:51:40 -0600

Teaching Art and Ecology Project

Hello everybody! My name is Jason Metcalfe and I am a graduate student
in the Art Education program at the University of Arizona. As part of a
class project, I will be designing a series of lessons based on art and
ecology. The theme for my project will focus on how diverse aesthetic
relationships are established and developed between an artist's
construction and its environment. (At least this is the general idea
that I hope to hone as I move forward in this project.) Any comments or
suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! jamet

For the project, I will be utilizing selected artworks located on the
good-old-artsednet. If you care to visit the site and view these works,
the address for the Art & Ecology: Ecological Art Perspectives and
Issues site is:

The artworks I have selected are:

James Mason: A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte Topiary

James Mason has reproduced a three-dimensional scene of Georges Seurat's
famous painting, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte
(1884), by fabricating the painting's figures out of bronze armatures
which provide nesting areas for the yew plants to grow. The sculptural
garden is true to the proportions of the painting and one can interact
within the three-dimensional environment of La Grand Jatte. The topiary
park is located in an area secluded from the metropolitan areas of
Columbus, Ohio.

Maya Lin: Vietnam Memorial

Maya Lin has created a non-traditional war memorial by cutting a wedge
into the ground and erecting two long, horizontal, polished granite
walls that sink below the ground level and chronologically list the
names of the men and women who died in the Vietnam War. One end of the
Memorial points towards the Washington Monument and the other towards
the Lincoln Memorial. The names of the Americans are carved in relief
into the reflective, black surface of the wall and there is a side-walk
in front of the wall for viewing.

Agnes Denes: Wheat field

Agnes Denes established a two acre field of wheat, planted and harvested
in the summer of 1982, on a former landfill in downtown Manhattan and
set within an environment of neighboring skyscrapers and urban
proliferation. The field of wheat provided a direct reference to an
organic growth cycle and, before harvesting, was a visual contrast to
the metropolis in which it was situated. After harvesting the
agricultural resources were utilized fully; the hay was fed to New York
City Police department horses and some of the grain was dispersed around
the world as part of the exhibition International Art Show for the End
of World Hunger .

Frank Loyd Wright: Taliesen East

Frank Loyd Wright's Taliesen East was his summer residence and became a
hub for his architecture school. Wright's philosophy of design which
emphasized the relationship of a building to its environment can be seen
through Taliesen East's horizontal elements and expressive use of
materials and space. Wright's innovative use of new materials and
design is also highlighted in Taliesen East with cantilevered porches,
glass walls, and bold interior design components.

Andy Goldsworthy: Ends of Bamboo

Ends of Bamboo, is an outdoor "installation" piece in which bamboo poles
have been set up in a dynamic design on a rocky shore while behind them
a body of water leads the eye to a backdrop of rocks and mountains in
the hazy distance. The design of the bamboo imitates the vibrant
composition of Japanese calligraphic characters with asymmetric,
diagonal, horizontal, and vertical graphic elements. The background
natural environment is balanced and tranquil in tone.