For our third lesson, students will be encouraged to think about their surroundings and the places around them. This helps us dive deeper into the idea of place being an influence in artwork. Students will do an ideation activity out of “How to be an Explorer of the World” where they will look at one spot in the room and find ten things they never noticed before as a warm up. Once they are in that mindset, we will all go outside and they will document the details of their surrounding that they may or may not have noticed before. Students will create a mixed media piece (either 2D or 3D) inspired by their observed surroundings.
Students began this project by exploring mixed-media materials to discover what types of patterns, textures, colors, and effects they could create. After gaining a better understanding of the materials, students began brainstorming for their final artwork by closely observing their surroundings.
Another student wanted to create a road and discovered that a streamer worked much better than using a pipe cleaner.
Student explaining how she used and layered pastels and other materials
After observing the playground, one student conveyed what they saw. "I saw a triangle and squares and circles and lots of straight lines."