Just about wrapping up our last Artistic Behavior Unit, Artists Collect & Synthesize. We took a look at a few artists that collect stuff and synthesize it together including Tara Donovan, Mae Chevrette, Andy Goldsworthy and the Washed Ashore Project.
We considered things that people collect and things that are collected sometimes not even on purpose. For example, we collect a spork every time we eat lunch in the cafeteria and we collect a receipt every time we shop at the Food Lion. What could we do with these collections if we didn't throw them away?
We also talked about how things can be synthesize. What is Synthesizing? What are methods for Synthesizing? How can artists synthesize their collections? We did a little brainstorming and then the students got to work. Most choose to collaborate with others to create a work of art.
The collections could be anything. Some students choose to use found objects and trash while others, like this group, decided on natural objects, at least as a starting point.
Bottle caps, pencils, and scrap fabric were all in the mix. Below, students at various stages in their artistic process.
A link to the Google Slide unit plan for Artists Collect & Synthesize.
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