Emerging Artist Blog #3

Artist name: Andy Goldsworthy 

Corresponding image or quote:

Andy Goldsworthy

I am not a performer but occasionally I deliberately work in a public context. Some sculptures need the movement of people around them to work.

Interesting fact or story about the artist:

Andy Goldsworthy is an artist whose collaborations with nature produce uniquely personal works.  He uses multiple natural materials from snow, ice, leaves, bark, rock, clay, stones, and twigs.  I found it interesting that he creates outdoor sculptures that manifest a connection between man and the natural world.  Before his works disappear, or as they are disappearing, Goldsworthy takes colorful photographs of his creations.

How the artist image/quote/history relates to the course and how you might incorporate it into a classroom unit:

Goldsworthy’s works are created in non-traditional ways and places.  This relates to the course because it incorporates the aspect of “play” when creating art.  He uses materials he finds in nature along with traditional mediums to create something extremely aesthetically pleasing.  I would incorporate this concept of “play” while making art by letting students find materials outside like leaves, twigs, or rocks that they want to create something out of.  For example, creating a “rock monster”.

Your own reflections about this connection:

In this course we have learned how important it is that students “play” while they are creating something because it allows them to have creative freedoms.  I believe connecting and incorporating “playing” in the classroom would be extremely beneficial.


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