Engage in meditation focused on our relationship with the environment
Reflect on our identities in relation to nature
Write poetry about nature and the future
Create an art book collage incorporating this poetry and recycled paper materials found around the home.
In a three part series, students will create an art book with collage and creative writing that represents reflections about identity and environment. Students are first engaged in a conversation about our relationship to nature and then guided through meditation before constructing a speculative future through images from magazines and other print material found in their home. In the second part of the series, students will play with words through several collaborative and independent exercises that generate short poems about nature and open space for dialogue about the future. Then they will cut and fold their collage into a book, splicing and flipping the image to gain new perspective on the shapes and colors they originally placed. In the third part, students will finish their books by exploring graphic images and text styles with which to add one or more of the poems they generated. They will finalize their art book as an artifact of their link to the natural world, and consider audiences to share their work with.
This is appropriate for learners grades 6-12.
Find the lesson outline here
Parts two and three of the video series can be found below.
Photos of completed art book collages may be submitted here.