Art - Fragile Earth (mixed media)
The Focus: This teacher guided lesson can help students to gain a better conceptual understanding of Earth being one small part of a solar system in the wider universe. The goal is to show how fragile the balance of life is and why we need to protect our planet. Transdisciplinary links to How the World Works, Sharing the Planet / Planet Earth and Beyond (Science). Created with ages 10-11 and easily scales up or down.
Students are very aware that our earth is facing challenging problems around pollution, extinction of species and depletion of resources. With this art lesson, you students will create artwork that communicated the fragility of Earth within our Solar System, while also making connections with an audience on a personal level.
Students select one thing that they feel will communicate connection and loss effectively and illustrated this on the Earth planet within the solar system.
Skills developed include painting the nebulae with metallic paints and blending oil pastels to create planets.
Creativity and communication is developed through the unique ‘Earth’ artwork within each Solar System.
Samples of student artists statements have been included based on the following guiding questions:
- What did you make and why? (form & Function)
- How do you want people to connect with your artwork?
- Choose a thinking skills that you used when creating your artwork and explain how or when you used it (Critical, Creative, Transfer, Reflective)