SUBJECT: VISUAL ART
ARTIST: JOHN PEÑA
GRADE: recommended 4th-12th grade
Students look for and identify something that they would like to change in their surroundings.
Students reflect on the function of art in culture and the impact they have on their own environment and the world around them.
1. How often do you notice your surroundings?
2. What do you want to change about the space around you?
3. How do the spaces you spend a lot of time in (classroom, bedroom, car or bus) make you feel?
1. Word Balloons, (2014) by John Peña
Travel around the school and look for three things you would like to alter, personalize or enhance. Look for unique or noteworthy spots in your environment that you would like to alter in some way. Meet together as a class to discuss your findings. Choose one area to alter, enhance or personalize. Perhaps there is a hallway you wish had windows, an old sign you want to redesign or a flight of stairs that you want to make inspirational posters so as people ascend the stairs they are encouraged to keep going. Select one of these sites and brainstorm ways to alter it to create a new experience for people. Remember to document your intervention and how your fellow students interact and notice your installation.
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PENNSYLVANIA CORE STANDARDS
-know and use the elements and principles of each art form to create works in the arts and humanities
-recognize, know, use and demonstrate a variety of appropriate arts elements and principles to produce, review and revise original works in the arts
-recognize and use fundamental vocabulary within each of the arts forms
-use knowledge of varied styles within each art form through a performance or exhibition of unique work
-demonstrate the ability to define objects, express emotions, illustrate an action or relate an experience through creation of works in the arts
-handle materials, equipment and tools safely at work and performance spaces