ERIC Number: ED363335
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Art and Environment: An Integrated Study on the Web of Life.
Art education combined with the sciences can be a leading force in raising the consciousness of students and teachers to the needs of our fragile planet. By teaching environmental aspects to the visual arts curriculum, we will also be teaching that one of the similarities we all share is the need for beauty. The sciences have traditionally carried the burden of teaching about the environment and ecological problems, but what seems to have gone unrecognized is the creative brainstorming that often precedes the scientific process. A recent example of creative problem-solving that combines art and science is the design of a tree-top raft created by a French architect. The geometrically designed raft balances on top of the trees in the French Guiana rainforest, thus allowing scientists access to "walk" across the canopy to study plants, insects, and animals in a previously unexplorable area. Art and science can also be merged in a curriculum that includes these approaches: (1) looking at the problem; (2) creative drama and imagining; (3) brainstorming and thinking time; and (4) creating. Three lesson plans are given as suggestions for environmentally aware art and science classes. A list of 13 resources for teaching environmental education is included. (Contains 9 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Art, Science & Visual Literacy: Selected Readings from the Annual Conference of the International Visual Literacy Association (24th, Pittsburgh, PA, September 30-October 4, 1992); see IR 016 399.