Last week I was visiting friends in Chicago and decided to check out some of the city's public sculptures. I researched online where I could find sculptures by some of the world's most famous artists. I made a list, mapped out the addresses online and made plans to walk around the city Wednesday afternoon.
Originally, I was just going to take pictures to share in my classroom. I decided to instead pack my video camera and try to produce a virtual tour of the city.
Several years ago I went to college and earned a degree in broadcasting. Then I made the decision to follow my passion for art and become a teacher. I really enjoyed capturing these sculptures on video, and creating a new experience for my students.
First graders study sculpture in the spring, and we spend time talking about local sculptures in Oregon. Students look at pictures, visit a sculpture, and apply an artist's concept to create their own unique sculpture. We compare local sculptures with sculptures from around the world. I hope this video will tie in well with our sculpture unit.
I recently spent a couple weeks in St. Louis, Missouri. I tried to take advantage of all that the city had to offer. I met genuinely nice people, tasted amazing food and enjoyed great live music. Most of my explorations focused on the city's many art museums. I was able to see works by some of my favorite artists that I had never seen before. Most importantly, I was able to consider how I will incorporate the artists and experiences into classroom projects and discussions.
Public Art at the Citygarden
The first stop I made in St. Louis was to the Citygarden. I was interested in seeing the public sculpture of one of my favorite artists, Keith Haring. I was pleasantly surprised to find several great sculptures by artists such as: Erwin Wurm, Mark Di Suvero, Mimmo Paladino, Jim Dine, Igor Mitoraj, Fernand Leger, Laura Ford, and more.
As a teacher, I want to show my students how art exists beyond museums, galleries and textbooks, and can actually be found everywhere! A great variety of art can be found in communities big and small. By showing students these works of art, I hope to facilitate a discussion about art they see in their own communities.
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