Magazine article Arts & Activities

It's a Wrap! a Study of Installations

Magazine article Arts & Activities

It's a Wrap! a Study of Installations

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Students will ...

* discover what an "installation" is in the art world.

* make their own installation using chairs.

* work on composition.

* use drawing skills, especially contrast on fabric folds.

MATERIALS

* Viewfinders

* 18" x 24" 80-lb. drawing paper

* Charcoal, pastels and chalk

* Erasers

* Chairs

* Old sheets

* Scissors

* Examples of installation artworks

During my third year of teaching junior/senior high students, I began to notice areas of avoidance. On some subjects students do not want to stop and study the problem at hand. Students do not always realize that everything in the composition is important, not just the area they are most interested in rendering. One of my students' most common avoidances is drapery or folds.

Even though the subject matter should not make a difference to students, it usually ends up being important to them. In the past, my fold or drapery assignments involved hanging cloth, clothing and still life using facial tissue. I needed, or rather, we all needed a fresh approach.

I decided to use work by contemporary artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude as role models. We studied a variety of their works such as Running Fence (1972-76), Wrapped Walk Ways (1977-78), The Umbrellas (1984-91), Wrapped Trees (1967-98), and Over the River (in progress).

Students filled out think sheets on the work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude. …

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