Art in the environment: Creating ephemeral art
Jean Edwards, Jim Atkinson, Belinda Green
Monday 3rd October 2016
10.15 - 11.15 and 2.00 til 3.00
Starting point (inspiration)
Creating ephemeral art - using what we find
Anthony Goldsworthy, a British land artist, likes to create his art using only the materials that are present in the environment. His tools are his hands and found tools already present in the environment. He said:
“I want an intimate physical involvement with the earth. I must touch. I take nothing out with me in the way of tools, glue or rope, preferring to explore the natural bonds and tensions that exist within the earth. The season and weather conditions determine to a large extent what I make. I enjoy relying on the seasons to provide new materials.”
Ephemeral art exists only for a short while and will be changed and removed by the environment (weather, animals, humans). This makes the recording by digital technology vital.
To use materials we find to create an ephemeral work of art / installation.
To record and share digitally so other people in other places can experience them.
Task / activity
In pairs or on your own
Look around for some materials to use to create your installation.
You might base your installation on one of the visual elements (see cue cards).
Tips and ideas:
Over a longer period you might return and keep photographing the deterioration and change over time.
Reflection and feedback (including recording / capture)
This art exists only the device and where you share it, ultimately it leaves no trace on the environment - what are the benefits and challenges of this?
How would this be different in an urban environment vs a rural environment?
How would this activity change according to the environment? (seasons, rural vs urban)
How does this link to other sub themes? (science outdoors)
How does this link to learning in the curriculum? (science, mathematics)
Capture and share:
Upload the photos to the Padlet with a title and reflective comment
Resources (physical , technological, links, images)
Tablet or phone
Apps / tools: camera, photo editor, pic collage,
Examples of Andy Goldsworthy art on a Padlet
Laminated cards of visual elements / egs from Andy Goldsworthy
Thinglink of visual elements definitions linked to AG’s art:
QR code link to this plan:
defining an area on a flat
surface: this could be geometrical (a circle) or less precise
the space around forms and in the environment in 3d and the
illusion of space created on a flat surface
anything three dimensional: this maybe be solid or hollow
light reflecting or emitting from an object
how a surface feels when we touch it or making a flat surface appear to be textured
the effects of light on a surface: moving from lighter to darker, contrast and gradual transition
placing marks or objects to create a design: repeating, rotating or random
marks on a surface: as small as dots or dashes or flowing and continuous
These ideas or concepts underpin making and talking about art.