Friday, March 25, 2011

Students Inspired by Andy Goldsworthy

Students Inspired by Andy Goldsworthy from Gabriela Elizalde on Vimeo.

Naturalist Intelligence designates the human ability to discriminate among living things (plants and animals) as well as sensitivity to other features of the natural world (cloud patterns, rock configurations). 

In this lesson I wanted to provide an opportunity for students to become  more aware of our natural surroundings and what we can experience by being fully present in a particular moment.  
This quality of attention may be what is at the heart of the "flow" experience. 

Suggested reading- FLOW- The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced me-high chick-sent-me-high) 

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Arts and The Brain

"...there is no 'looking' without activation or creation; and there's no working with the hands without also directing the brain (Wilson, F.,1999).  Many areas of the brain and body are engaged to see and create art. In fact, the intricacies of creating a piece of visual art are mind-boggling, which leads us to the brain."

taken from Arts With The Brain In Mind by Eric Jensen 2001

Paper Sculptures

Friday, March 4, 2011

Arranging a Compostion

Looking at the work of Henri Matisse was the perfect opportunity to discuss composition, collage, and cutting techniques. First we identified and discussed different types of shapes found both in artwork and in our environment. We also talked about what we liked about certain artworks focusing on The Lagoon from Jazz.  Now it was time for the students to create their own composition. Choosing color palettes, focusing on cutting "mostly curved or mostly straight edged" shapes, arranging their pieces in different ways before actually gluing, being completely engaged in the art making process...this is arranging a composition...this is success!

This Week in Art...

This Week in Art... from Gabriela Elizalde on Vimeo.