I had wanted a quick lesson where they could create outside and had intended that while they were creating their sculptures, I would work with small groups to make sun prints--a natural link, in my opinion. But alas, the weather didn't cooperate and the sun prints were a no-go due to the sun going away as soon as class started! At least it didn't rain! :-)
Unfortunately, the students can't take something him from a class like this--we even needed to destroy them before we left--that was hard for some. But, I brought the iPad and took some photos of each sculpture. Once I went home, I used PicCollage to bring all of the images from class together into a collage that could be printed as a poster--a very pretty one, I'd say! I emailed those out that afternoon to the families so the children could remember their sculptures forever.
This is a great lesson! The prep is pretty minimal, of course, but it really gets a good discussion going about the following themes:
- Looking closely at nature
- Being good stewards of the land
- Working together as a team/taking turns/helping
- Elements of art/principles of design
- What is sculpture?
- What is art?
- The job of artist (How does an artist get paid for work such as this? What inspires an artist? How long will pieces like this last in nature?)