Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ephemeral Art

This term children have been experimenting with 'ephemeral' art using a range of natural resources.
Lisa Terreni is a lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington College of Education and also a practicing artist. In one of her papers she talks about “creating environmentally friendly ‘ephemeral’ art”. ‘Ephemeral’ means that the work is temporary and will last for a short time. She goes on to say that “ephemeral art is often made with materials that are at hand and left in the environment where the work was created”. She suggests that “giving young children an organised selection of natural materials for ephemeral art-making is one very successful way to get children to re-use materials. This type of art-making involves design and patterning, creates maths opportunities such as grouping and sorting. Most importantly they can be used to deepen children's learning about the aesthetic qualities of materials, enhance an appreciation of the inherent beauty in the materials, and deepen their respect for these taonga.”
As this type of art work can not be taken home by the children photographs may be used as a means to capture the creations and provide opportunity for children to revisit their work.

So next time you are at the beach maybe you could have a hunt around with your children for some shells, driftwood, feathers, stones etc and create your own piece of ephemeral art. And any collections of natural materials will certainly be enjoyed by the children at Kindergarten and used to create stunning creations.
Watch our art wall for our next mini expo!


Kate Williamson said...

Wow! What an awesome blog and showcase of how the children learn. Well done.I will share it with my class too.
Kate Williamson
Nayland Primary.

Anonymous said...

Hello Lynette

I seek permission to include your Ephemeral Art image of the little child making a picture using twigs and leaves from this article - I am a landscape architect from Brisbane, currently engaged to create a "Children's Experiential Gardens" within the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Regional Gardens and would like to include this image (credited to your website) in my concept presentation to the stakeholder group. Would you be so kind as to allowing me to include this in my presentation please. Thanks in advance
Emma Baker
AILA Landscape Architect
Delve Consulting Pty Ltd

Lynne Paul said...

Hi Emma that is fine to use the photo above of the child exploring ephemeral art, if you need any further photos of children's natural art exploration let me know.
Would love to see how this photo is used in your work.

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