BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

The Living Landscape
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Grade: 7th - 12th grade
Class: Art
Author: Sandra Hildreth
Retired - Madrid-Waddington Central School
NYS Content Area Standard:
The Arts:
Standard 4: Understanding the Cultural Dimensions and Contributions of the Arts
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Natural HistoryCulture & The Arts
Performance Indicators:

Visual Arts 4:

  • examine works of art and artifacts from United States cultures and place them within a cultural and historical context (b)
  • create art works that reflect a variety of cultural influences (c).
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    Keywords: landscape painting
    The Challenge:
    Investigative Question or Issue: Has the Adirondack landscape been used as subject matter by artists for political, economic, or aesthetic reasons? Other?
    Context:

    Successful completion of this challenge requires access to Adirondack art - actual exhibits or via the internet. Direct contact with local artists would be most effective. The challenge was originally designed in conjunction with an exhibit of paintings called "A Year in the Life of the VIC" that portrayed landscapes at the Paul Smiths Visitor Interpretive Center over the course of a year.

    The Challenge:

    A.) Explore the Adirondack paintings created by artist's like Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Alfred Tait, Winslow Homer, and Rockwell Kent. Examine the early Adirondack photos of Seneca Ray Stoddard.

    B.) Look at the work of some contemporary artists and photographer's who use the Adirondack's as subject matter, especially local artists. Either through research or by actually contacting the artists, find out what motivates them. Why do they choose the Adirondacks as their subject matter.

    C.) Discuss or reflect upon artists' decisions to create paintings or photographs about the Adirondacks. Are there political, economic, or aesthetic reasons behind the decision? Visit the exhbit: "The Living Landscape: A Year in the Life of the VIC" or any other appropriate exhibit.

    D.) Use the Adirondacks as subject matter for your own artwork. When work is completed, include a statement with it, for display purposes, about your motivation and what you feel your work is communicating.

    Artist Resource Links: Artcyclopedia - look up historic artists by name or style: http://artcyclopedia.com/

    Seneca Ray Stoddard: http://www.chapmanmuseum.org/seneca_ray_stoddard.htm

    Contemporary Adirondack Artists:

    Tim Fortune: http://www.fortunestudio.com

    Sandra Hildreth: http://SandraHildreth.com

    Nathan Farb: http://www.birchbark.com/farb/

    Mark Kurtz: http://www.markkurtzphotography.com/

    Barry Lobdell: http://www.barrylobdell.com/ 

    John Radigan: http://www.adklight.com/index.htm

    Matthew Burnett: http://www.mattburnettpaintings.com/

    Sheri Amsel: http://www.adirondackillustrator.com Gary Randorf: http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/randorf/randorf.php Carl Heilman: http://www.carlheilman.com/

    Quality Standards:

    A.) Complete some kind of research on historic artwork or photographs of the Adirondack region, using books and/or the internet. Identify reasons for the selection of the subject matter. (Individual teacher-determined requirements).

    B.) Investigate contemporary artwork or photographs of the Adirondack region, using the web site links provided, or other local arts resources. (Individual teacher-determined requirements; contacting a local artist directly could be an excellent way of identifying their reasons for selecting the Adirondacks as subject matter).

    C.) Vist an exhibit of Adirondack art or photography, if possible.

    D). Create own artwork or photos (teachers may determine size, media, etc.); Help create a group exhibit of Adirondack inspired art; Include a personal statement about your motivation for using the Adirondacks as subject matter.

    E.) BONUS: Design posters or invitations for the exhibit.

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    Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

    Researched historic art or photography; identified reasons the artists selected the Adirondacks as their subject matter

    10

    Investigated contemporary art or photography and identified reasons the artists selected the Adirondacks as their subject matter

    10

    Visited exhibit of Adirondack art or photography (if possible)

    10

    Created own artwork or photographs with the Adirondacks as subject matter (according to teacher specified requirements)

    50

    Helped create a group exhibition of Adirondack inspired artwork

    10

    Included a written personal statement about what motivated you to use the Adirondacks as subject matter.

    10

    EXTRA CREDIT: Created posters or invitations for the exhibit

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