Earth As Art

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Earth As Art

Purpose:

In order to demonstrate a connection between man-made art and natural (Earth) art, a number of objects and images will be studied.

Grade Level(s):

all (Adaptable to address specific standards by grade level.)

Materials Required

 Objects from nature: shells, leaves, pine needles, dirt, …  Photographs of natural objects   Satellite images of the Earth (www.earthasart.com, www.nasa.gov) Examples of human art (paintings, sculptures, and other creations)

National Geography Standards:

1.

How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and 2.

report information from a spatial perspective. How to apply geography to interpret the present.

Indiana Social Studies Academic Standards:

(Address specific standards as needed.)

First

Grade - 1.3.4, 1.3.8

Fourth

Grade - 4.3.10

Fifth Grade -

5.5.6

Sixth

Grade - 6.5.5, 6.5.7

Seventh

Grade - 7.5.4 and 7.5.9.

Eighth

Grade - 8.3.11, 8.5.7, 8.5.8, and 8.5.10.

High School World Geography

- 4.19, 6.1, 6.7, and 6.8.

Indiana Visual Arts Academic Standards:

First Grade through Seventh Grade

– Standard 1, Standard 3, Standard 5, Standard 6, and Standard 13.

High School

– Standard 1, Standard 3, 11.1, 12.1, and 13.1.

Objectives:

Upon completion of the activities, students will be able to 1.

Identify human art versus natural art, 2.

3.

4.

Discuss the differences and similarities between human art and natural art, Identify satellite images of the Earth, and Compare and contrast known artistic methods with products of nature and satellite images of the Earth.

Procedures:

1.

Have the students gather a variety of objects from nature that they find appealing/interesting. 2.

3.

Have the students collect photographs of natural objects. Discuss the various natural objects and photographs; categorize, group according to grade-level appropriate subjects. Write the commonalities within the groups and the differences between the groups on a piece of paper. 4.

5.

6.

Introduce various examples of human art: famous paintings, sculptures and buildings. Discuss the various artistic applications of the artist. Include a diverse range of images. Compare the natural objects to the human art. Again, discuss commonalities. Introduce various satellite images of the Earth. What commonalities do the images have with natural art? 7.

8.

With human art? Discuss the location and physical landscape of the satellite image. Discuss the role of technology in today’s society. How do the students think technology will impact their 9.

future? Have older students research a known artist (T.C. Steele), write a short paper on said artist, and address any connections that the artist has with the natural environment that may have influenced their artistic style or preferences.

Assessment/Evaluation:

1.

Participation in the collection process. 2.

3.

Participation in classroom discussion. Completion of the short paper including specific relationship to natural environment.

Adaptations/Extensions:

1.

Further research into satellite image interpretation: visual (non-visual) light spectrum, locations, 2.

3.

information conveyed,… Further research into specific areas of artistic applications: pointalism, geographic regions, culture, relationship to historical events,… Incorporate specific literature and illustrators (Chris Soentpiet).

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