Environmental art often causes us to stop, think and question. It can make the viewer connect to the past, question the present or inspire change for the future.
So when Craig Roland posed the question on Art Education 2.0, “How might we use art or design to promote a healthy environment and a peaceful, sustainable world?” the work of environmental artists came to our mind.
In response to Craig’s question, we at The Teaching Palette created a Google Earth application that highlights environmental art on every continent. The art and artists featured were chosen based on environmental impact at various locations around the world.
The Environmental Art Around Google Earth application is not a direct answer to the question; instead it is a compilation of many answers as a global tour of environmental artists with Google Earth.
So explore art and artists from around the world as they show you how to use art/design to promote a healthy environment and a peaceful, sustainable world.
Below is a video to help introduce you to the Environmental Artists Around Google Earth application and explains how to use it.
If you do not have Google Earth on your computer or need to upgrade to the newest version of Google Earth, click here.
Now that you’ve explored the environmental artist globe on Google Earth how can you utilize it in your classroom?
- Use Google Earth to introduce a specific artist, environmental art movement or culture.
- Use as an extension for early finishers to introduce them to artists from around the world.
- Introduce a specific artist such as Andy Goldsworthy. Give a group of students a digital camera, have them collect a variety of natural objects, arrange them in an interesting composition and then photograph their Goldsworthy-inspired art.
- Print images and have students write about their experience.
Explore the blogs participating in “Green Friday” by clicking on the links below.
- The Art Teacher’s Guide to the Internet with Craig Roland
- Blissful Thoughts with Chan Bliss
- The Carrot Revolution with David Gran
- Jean Fitz’s Weblog
- Learning IT with Frank Curkovic
There has been an explosion of Web 2.0 tools for educators. Recently, National Art Education Association (NAEA) launched an online interactive tool for Elementary Art Specialists. The goal is to link teachers with a common bond: young children and art. Escape the isolation of your classroom and communicate with other elementary art teachers on topics that impact art education.
Another great interactive resource is Art Education 2.0 reaching all levels of art education. Art Education 2.0 has over 3,000 members and counting. Find information on anything from teaching animation to VoiceThread to innovative teaching ideas in technology. To learn more about the Art Education 2.0 social network, watch the video below.
Learn about art or any other topic that interests you on Twitter. Not sure how to begin? An earlier post on Twitter may help you get started. Also, click on the SchoolArts icon below for some great ideas on using Twitter and other Web 2.0 tools from the March issue.
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