ERIC Number: EJ1002425
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Endangered Species: Real Life in Two Dimensions
Henderson, Lynette K.
Arts & Activities, v152 n2 p30-31, 36 Oct 2012
The focus of "Endangered Species: Real Life in Two Dimensions" is to create awareness about a critical environmental issue. There is a special urgency to this project because large numbers of animal species are currently endangered or on the brink of extinction. In addition to being enlightened about this important topic through research, students re-create the beauty of a variety of creatures in their environments through the use of photo-collage and value-scale cutouts. Additionally, this standards-based art project develops students' artistic perception, awareness of the historical and cultural context of art, and promotes their skills in aesthetic valuing. Upon completion, students' final artworks are available for critique, followed by an opportunity to modify or change them based on feedback. Lastly, all artworks can be placed on display in a group exhibition with accompanying student explanations of each particular animal--where it is located and why it is endangered. This not only fulfills the original project goals for individual students and the class, but also informs and educates outside viewers about both the beauty of nature, as well as the far-reaching range of its endangerment.
Descriptors: Studio Art, Art Activities, Animals, Wildlife, Art Products, Freehand Drawing, High School Students
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Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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