This week students spent time researching environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy. Noted for his inventive use of natural materials in specific settings, Goldsworthy's work is exciting to students. Creating sculptures from natural materials found on site using no man made adhesives or tools, Goldsworthy's work involves ideas such as time, change, and permanence in his sculptures. Often times the only way to experience his sculptures are through the photographs he takes, as the sculptures are often in remote locations or are changed by weather and natural disintegration.
Students used the information they researched to create informational wiki pages about Goldsworthy's art, including a brief critique of his work in general. Students wrote three paragraphs and included images in their pages, completed during class time in the Fine Arts Mac lab.
Later in the week (if the rain stops!), students will take a hike in the woods around the school to evaluate their materials and resources, eventually creating their own outdoor environmental sculptures!
Link to wiki page with student responses to Goldsworthy's work found here.