Andy Goldsworthy and our changing earth

PYP unit 2: How the world works (Changing Earth)

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Central Idea: Artistic expression can be inspired by and created with nature.

Media: painting, drawing/sketching, graphic design, collage

Elements of Art: line, form, shape, pattern

Age group: Grade 3 (8-9 year olds)

This stand alone unit does link in with some of the general idea about our changing earth but was essentially created to ensure that when authentic links cannot be found with a unit of study then stand alone units are just as valuable.

  1. Finding out: Grade 3 students began by observing our natural environment and we went on a nature walk around our school and expressed out thinking verbally with friends using, ‘I see, I think, I wonder.

After looking at some pictures of artworks made by the Scottish artist Andy Goldsworthy we talked about his work and his use of shape, form, line and pattern in nature.

2.Sorting out: Next students were asked to collect natural items from around our school and sort them into groups. Next I asked them to investigate the purpose of shape, form, line and pattern, why did these things matter? They did this by creating their own mini artworks with their friends.

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3. Finding out and sorting out:Our next step was to delve a little deeper and to find out more about Andy Goldsworthy. Students used ipads to research and looked at more pictures, videos, short films about his work. We came up with a list of questions and statements of facts we knew about his work.

4. Making Conclusions: Students sorted the statements into different groups and take responsibility to find out the answers to some of the classes questions. Students also made some simple conclusions about his work and the Land Art movement, such as ‘Andy Goldsworthy uses nature to make his artwork’.


5. Going further: Students then decided to make more outdoor art and combined their resources found at school and at home to create larger works and considered where in the school these should be placed ( or where they were allowed to be placed).


6. Taking Action:

coming soon

About Miss Frolchenko

Originally from Australia I am currently living and teaching at an international school in Rome, Italy.
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