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RESOURCES: Toolbox for Educators


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These are some additional resources for Educators related to environmental art. They range from art projects with educational components to useful organizations and websites. Looking for ideas? Here are a few good places to start.

If you know of additional resources you feel should be included, please feel free to add them to the Wiki Section for Educators.

Additional Projects of Interest

Back to Zhong Guo: Fools Move Mountains, Nanling Mountain, northern Guangdong province, China. French artist, Mathieu Briand, "settled into the town of Ruyang in early February to begin construction, in collaboration with local primary students, of an 'Eternal Garden' a playground in the woods that would be theirs and theirs alone. Organized by Guangzhou's Vitamin Creative Space in partnership with Zhongheng Ecotourism Development and the French Consulate, this 'multi-layered dialogue' will bring four French artists to the region to collaborate with the local community on assorted creative projects." This innovative project highlights the importance of unstructured place-based learning about stewardship and the environment.

Daniel Dancer creates Art for the Sky by combining large scale participative outdoor projects (photographed from airplanes) with environmental education projects for school children. "Students interested in photography, video or journalism have a unique opportunity to play a part in the documentation of our Sky Art project. I am happy to provide assistance in these areas as requested. The local paper usually shows up to take photographs and conduct student interviews providing unique interactions with the media world."

Stream of Dreams, an exciting Canadian intitative, creates murals, mosaics and paper lantern projects with schoolchildren to call attention to watershed issues. "The mission of the Stream of Dreams Murals Society is to educate communities about the life and function of their watersheds, rivers and streams, while dazzling them with the charm of community art."

Yutaka Kobayashi's, "Chicken House and Eco-Art Project", in Oakland, CA, consisted of a small ecosystem mediated by chickens. By taking part in the Chicken House & Eco-Art Project directly, people of the Arts Far West school community became more conscious of their place in the ecosystem, a concept which is often forgotten in modern urban life.

Environmental Art Awards Approximately 360 students of all ages produced a wide range of artwork based on environmental themes for the 2004 Environmental Art Awards, run by Environment Bay of Plenty to calling attention to environmental issues through the arts.

The Granite Creek Mural Project is a professional mural on the retaining wall under Bank of America, next to Granite Creek in downtown Prescott, AZ. Created (and very well documented) by a group called Living Folklore and students from Mile High Middle School, the mural is a pictoral history of Prescott, focusing on the natural and cultural history along Granite Creek. The center of the mural is the Emergence Story of the local Yavapai people. "During the children's visits to the creek, in addition to picking up trash, and research, the children are given moments to sit and be with the creek and get to know it. Each student has a journal where they write impressions, draw sketches, or write poetry."

Chrissie Orr writes about her water-catchment demonstration project in the New Mexico desert, designed by students at Los Padillas Elementary School on the Rio Grande.

The Ontario Arts Council is an exceptional example of community arts and education. They offer more than forty funding programs for Ontario-based artists and arts organizations, with funds from the Ontario government.

A Living Library is a remarkable project led by artist Bonnie Ora Sherk that provides a vision and shows a way to create meaningful and healing ecological and sustainable environmental and educational transformation in communities of the world.

California College of the Arts, Center for Art and Public Life, environmental art projects. This interesting online presentation is geared towards educators and presents a variety of CCA initiated projects which involved students. The Garden Project, a collaboration between students and faculty members is featured.

Rivers of Life is a full model for contextual learning; a flood of projects, adventures, and resources to help K-12 teachers and students learn about and from their watershed.

Imaging and Writing the Environment A Virtual Classroom on the Wiki in which ecoart educators and their students are invited to participate, hosted by Ann Rosenthal and students at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). If you are teaching an ecoart class, please join us!

Organizations with useful curriculum information

The Tender Land Curriculum Guide, In partnership with the Pasadena Unified School District in California, education specialists from The Tender Land collaboration have worked together to create this Curriculum Guide for teachers and educators. Encompassing grades K through 12 and covering subject areas in art, history, music and science, this Curriculum Guide contains 19 lesson plans, based on the California content standards and listing Indicators of Achievement, Materials, Vocabulary, Preparation, Discussion, Activity, Assessment, Culmination, Extensions and contact information for related field trips.

The Tender Land Curriculum Guide, "in partnership with the Pasadena Unified School District, education specialists from The Tender Land collaboration have worked together to create this Curriculum Guide for teachers and educators. Encompassing grades K through 12 and covering subject areas in art, history, music and science, this Curriculum Guide contains 19 lesson plans, based on the California content standards and listing Indicators of Achievement." This remarkable collection of lesson plans are presented at specific grade levels, but are easily adaptable to other grades and subjects.

Acoustic Ecology Institute, This wonderful organization has an Educator's Resource Center with syllabi and other useful information about how to bring the appreciation of natural sounds to your curriculum.

Green Arts Web, This site is the best online resource we've found for bibliographical information related to environmental art and links to educational resources. Want to read and learn more about the subject? This is a great place to start.

Rivers of Life is an inter-connected series of water- related projects and initiatives, delivered over the Internet to K-12 teachers and learners. Using Rivers of Life, teachers utilize rivers and watersheds as an entry point to studies of the environment, and our relationship to Earth. Downloadable lesson plans and more!

GREEN - Global Rivers Environmental Education Network provides youth the educational opportunities to understand, improve and sustain the water resources in their communities. GREEN empowers young people to learn more about water quality within their watershed and use their findings to create lasting solutions. This award-winning program is aimed at teaching middle and high school-aged youth essential academic skills including critical thinking, teamwork, problem solving and decision making. GREEN provides educators with innovative resources including a network of support, an online watershed exploratory tool, water monitoring equipment, technical manuals and action guides.

Eco-artist Erica Fielder has some useful curriculum information on her website including a sample syllabus and an annotated reading list.

Paul Goodrick's environmental art education courses. In collaboration with professional teachers and managers, artist Goodrick has developed and leads a variety of courses that link in to the UK's National Curriculum for schools, enabling teachers, artists and other trainers to run environmental art courses themselves in a wide variety of locations.

Green Teacher - Education for Planet Earth is a magazine by and for educators designed to enhance environmental and global education across the curriculum at all grade levels.

Coalition of Green Artists Need art supplies? The Coalition of Green Artists is a group of professional artists, educators and philanthropists committed to environmentally-friendly approaches to creativity, and united to promote innovative solutions to the need for art supplies and materials in schools and community recreation centers. It is the goal of the Green Artists to encourage recycling in the arts community through a program of support and education.

Adopt-A-Watershed is a K-12 school-community learning experience using a local watershed as a living laboratory in which students engage in hands-on activities, making learning applicable and relevant to their lives. The program weaves education with the community, developing collaborative partnerships and reinforcing learning through community service.

ecoartspace is a nonprofit organization working internationally with individuals and organizations who are interested in creating radical approaches to restoring the earth. Using art as a tool, ecoartspace aims to inspire communities into action when addressing environmental issues. They have great eco-art education-related information and many education-related links. is designed as a forum and a tool, dedicated to the belief that art is a natural language for all people, a process for accessing and bringing into form the spirit within.

Cultural Environmental Studies While there is a good deal of important work treating the environment and environmentalism on the Web, there is too little that deals with cultural approaches to environmental issues. This site of the American Studies Program of Washington State University is dedicated to furthering the cultural study of environments, or Cultural Environmental Studies. You may also find many links to useful resources online with information on a variety of related topics.

Please post your own curriculum information on Forum and share your comments and suggestions on the Wiki Section for Educators.

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