Eco Art – Elementary
To align students with eco-art and eco-artistic lifestyle, life skills, and interior design by providing an opportunity to investigate through immersive eco-arts journaling and techniques which allow for understanding, knowledge, and inspiration.
To share information on eco-artists, eco-art works, and eco-activism related to experiencing interconnectivity within our natural world, reducing our ecological footprint, and creating new patterns of sustainable behavior of individuals, groups, and society as a whole.
Sessions would reflect seasonal themes and loosely follow typical school year thematics to support traditional classroom learning. Mediums of printmaking, paper making, clay construction, mobile and wire sculpture design, watercolor technique, pigment making, and collage are all examples of session exploration.
Each session will include a background discussion of artists who employed the technique, their understanding of their community and place, and their experience of hands-on implementation of the method.
Natural elements, found objects, and recycled materials will all be explored. Both individual pieces and collaborative endeavors will be explored. Potential for a multi-medium/media “Expressive Eco-Arts” Gallery show online or at a local Host site.
- Appropriate for: 3rd to 5th Grade
- Dates: Jan 11 - Mar 8, 2023 (Wednesdays - 8 sessions)
Patricia PattersonArt Instructor
Patricia Patterson, PhD has been guiding generations of explorers through nature-based activity for over 35 years as a Teaching EcoArtist, Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Community Educator, and all seasons TreeHugger. Patricia has dedicated her practice to crafting opportunities which allow humans across the lifespan to discover agency, empathy, respect, regulation, compassion, quiet reflection, appreciation of diversity, and the resilience to adapt to challenging situations through process-based experiential activity. When not engaged with her community, Patricia immerses herself in contemplative co-creation with Earth expressed through multiple mediums, mindful movement and her EcoArts Journal.