Nature / Form / Shapes / Similarities / Organic
How can students learn to observe forms found in our natural surroundings and apply substitution (from the creative thinking strategy, S.C.A.M.P.E.R.)
- Visit a garden, park or nature reserve near the school. See https://www.nparks.gov.sg/
- React, respond, research and reflect to forms found in local flora
- Sketch and depict segments of flowers from direct observation
- Encourage students to exercise close observation on interesting looking plants (e.g. Heliconias and other tropical plants)
- (Extension) students produce a silhouette drawing of their chosen flower.
- Draw similarities between the form of the chosen flower to parts of the human body
- Photograph flowers using macro lenses
- Explore concepts in Surrealism, such as the term “the recognizable yet unfamiliar”. (Use Salvador Dali’s Metamorphosis of Narcissus, Vertumnus by Giuseppe Arcimboldo)
- Participate in critique sessions at intervals, such as during ideation, Marquette-making-phase and after completing the artworks. Students take turns to take and give feedback on their progress, challenges and successes.
- (Extension) Curate and exhibit student works. Refer to Marc Quinn’s Garden (an impossible garden) for ideas.
Elegant art task(s):
1. Produce an uncanny digital image that shows a flower, but with its parts substituted with something else (e.g. human body parts, surface texture of other objects).
2. Produce an organic-shaped sculpture that combines a human figure and flowers (part human, part flora).