BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

Adirondack Landscape Quilt "Reflections of the Adirondacks"
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Grade: 10 - 12th Grade
Class: Art elective
Author: Cathy Hance
NYS Content Area Standard:
The Arts:
Standard 1: Creating, Performing, and Participating in the Arts
Standard 3: Responding to and Analyzing Works of Art
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Math, Science & Technology:
Standard 4: Science
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Culture & The Arts
Keywords: Quilting, Adirondack plants and animals, art styles
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: Can a hand-painted, quilted wall hanging be created to represent the flora and fauna of the Adirondack Mountains?
Context:

It would be adviseable to have students involved with a related Science class challenge - or working with students who are participating in the Science challenge.

The Challenge:

After looking at websites and the pamphlet "The Adirondack Park", students were instructed to use the computers and books in the library to research the Adirondacks.  They needed to know where they are and gain an appreciation for it in order to complete the project.

A guest speaker, Sandra Hildreth, showed examples of her work, gave background information, and talked about the importance of; artist statements, painting on site, and learning from other artists.

A field trip was taken to the VIC at Paul Smith's with Mrs. Cook's Biology classes to sketch, take photos, and gather information about plants and animals at the VIC ( a small sampling of the Adirondacks).  Students were instructed to use this information when brainstorming before creating their composition to paint on a fabric block or canvas.

Examples of Student Photos & Paintings         Final Landscape Quilt

Students were instructed to compare and contrast the realistic and the abstract style of painting, previously studied by researching from the internet and books from the library.

Resources:

  • Sandy Hildreth - artist, http://sandrahildreth.com
  • The Adirondack Park Pamphlet authored by the State of New York Adirondack Park Agency http://www.apa.state.ny.us/About_Park/index.html
  • Various other websites used to get images of artwork done by Adirondack artists
  • www.adirondack-park.net/mainframe.html
  • Various sites to research artists working in the abstract and realistic style of painting, including abstractart.20m.com

Arts Forever Wild Project

Quality Standards:

Painting - using sketches and photos of VIC and information gathered by biology classes about flora and fauna at the VIC to create a painting with fabric paints on 12" squares of unbleached muslin. These will be sewn together to create a quilted wall hanging to be exhibited at the Remington Arts Festival in Canton, NY in October, 2004.

Write an artist statement about your painting

Compare and contrast abstract style (already researched and painting created) to the realistic style of painting used to create the wall hanging.

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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Researched the adirondacks, history of the park, images of the mountains and listened to lecture by Sandy Hildreth about how the Adirondacks have influenced her paintings

Sketched  and used photos to brainstorm an Adirondack composition

Individually created a painted quilt square using muslin and fabric paint

Wrote an artist's statement about your painting

Compared and contrasted abstract and realistic styles of painting

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