I’m always amazed at what artists can do with polymer clay, like these amazing organic sculptural forms by Angelika Arendt. I can totally understand the appeal of the bright, vivid colors over traditional sculpting clay. Plus, with no firing or glazing, there is immediate gratification!
I have been working on a lesson based on “collective behavior,” the scientific term used to describe how animals and humans interact in social groups. Karin Waskiewicz is a perfect artist to introduce for this lesson because her artwork very closely resembles the patterns seen in animal behavior, for example a school of fish or flock of birds. I found it particularly interesting that, in her artist statement, she describes how each mark she makes is a reaction to the others. Similarly, animals react to the behavior of others around them.
Really interesting photographic manipulation by Giuseppe Mastromatteo. Read more about his work at Trendland: Fashion Blog & Trend Magazine.
The Macro & Micro Exhibition at Light Grey Art Lab features work from over 90 artists who “have embraced their inner scientist.” I was particularly taken by the beautiful photographs by Mary Jo Hoffman, which seem to catalog natural specimens.
Modernized stone sculptures. Very cool concept for students to explore in Digital Photo/Graphics classes. Street Stone
The Teaching for Artistic Behavior method involves setting up centers to allow students to explore materials and create artwork independently with short group instruction/demos, allowing more time for one-on-one feedback. This method also allows students to pursue topics of interest, identify and solve problems independently, and create unique, diverse artworks. TAB does sound like a great way to implement constructivist learning strategies, but I do think it would take some time to get students used to this approach if they are accustomed to more teacher-centered instruction. When given a chance to explore on their own, some students lack the self confidence to try new things and instead opt for a safe approach they know will work. Creating a classroom environment in which students trust one another and accept failure as part of the process is essential for TAB to be effective. I’m looking forward to trying this out in my classroom!
Mark Dion is a contemporary artist who deals with issues of ecology, history, and social science. He creates installations and assemblages from found objects. I’m excited to introduce students to Dion, because he pushes the boundaries of what many people have traditionally considered “art.”