Day 1: View the work of Andy Goldsworthy. (Teacher-made slide presentation). Discuss his work in terms of the 5 elements of art. Students will be able to identify the elements in his work and order the elements in terms of visual importance.
Day 2: Walk to the community arboretum to look for interesting natural objects. Discuss possibilities and gather items (bring favorite stones, shells, bones etc. from home if desired).
Day 3: Begin assemblage of art. Experiment and gather more items from the school ground. Students arrange items and make sketches of most successful compositions. You might want to put a tarp/drop cloth (secured with stakes) over the area where students are working over night.
Day 4: Refine ideas. Complete construction. Photograph work.
Day 5: Work with the digital image in Photoshop. Manipulate the color and values to enhance the visual image.
Day 6: View slides of student work (teacher made presentation). Evaluate each work in terms of the 5 art elements.
Students will write one paragraph addressing the following points:
Students will identify the significance of the 5 art elements in their work.
Students will describe at least one relationship between the environment and their art
Note from Larry: I wish I had recorded a few of their comments. Many were very insightful…learning did take place! This was a fun project that the majority of the kids thoroughly enjoyed.
Have students do a "focus down" drawing of all or part of their "installation" (lay a cardboard frame over the work to find an interesting part - photograph that part up close to capture details) - Draw from photograph observing carefully the details. Students could begin drawings outside if time permits. Paint focus down drawing with watercolors - or render with Colored Pencils. See Focus Down Drawing lesson . Use circular, square or rectangular format. See nature paintings by George Dombek for a contemporary artist.
Book:Andy Goldsworthy: A Collaboration with Nature - Scottish artist Andy Goldsworthy uses a seemingly infinite array of purely natural materials, from snow and ice to leaves, stone, and twigs in the creation of his one-of-a-kind sculptures. Goldsworthy's approach is to interrupt, shape, or in some other way temporarily alter or work with nature to produce his fragile, mutable pieces.
DVD:Andy Goldsworthy - Rivers and Tides - A Scottish-German 2001 documentary about artist Goldsworthy, a Scotsman whose medium is nature itself and whose preferred studio is the outdoors, particularly where water forever flows, rises, and/or retreats. Read the review.