th, 5th & 6th graders investigated the idea of taking lost and found/recycled materials and used them to assemble and create 3-dimensional art work representative of their environments. Students looked at how this material says a lot of the environment where it’s found. Students looked at a variety of artists that create art work out of lost and found/recycled materials such as:
Mathias “Spyder” Schergen
Tyree Guyton & Sam Mackey: Heidelberg Project in Detroit, Michigan.
Sabato “Sam” Rodia : Watts Tower
Instructors wanted to investigate the idea as to why students/children are disconnected from their surroundings. Why is there a social disconnect to the outer world? How can we get students to connect their relationship to the rest of the world and the role they play in it. Students are looked into writings from artists such as Alice Walker, Maya Anjelou also African Spiritual songs and strategies strategies in their writings like Haikus, Otto-Motto-Poeia, Limmericks.
Students were also shown images of homes from different parts of the world such as: Nogales Mexico/Texas U.S./ Haitti/ Ghana & Nigeria Africa
Q-Why do these homes look the way they do? Why are they built this way? In what way does their environment/climate and resources affect how these homes are built? How people in these communities live? Why do you live in the area you live now?
Students worked collaboratively in creating 3-Dimensional “Homes” from material that they themselves utilize in their own school environment. Students created their idea of a home from sheets of cardboard donated from the cafeteria lady.
We gave students a brief 15/20 min. demo on how to create a home using cardboard donated by the cafeteria.
We gave them rules to abide by:
- -6×6 inches in height/width & length.
- -have 1 to 2 sides exposed to show the inside of the home.
It should have atleast:
- 1 to 2 basic/utilitarian necessities
- 1-Item representative of utopia
6th grade pushed the idea of utopia.
Q. What is something that is considered utopian to one individual but can cause a problem to somebody else?