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OUTDOOR EXPLORATIONS IN ART AND THE ENVIRONMENT AT THE LOWER DON RIVER

In conjunction with BGL: Project for Don River No. 9 hosted a series of Art and Ecology Field Trips to the Lower Don River integrating visual art, envi­ron­mental issues, sci­ence and social history. Dur­ing their visit to the site students discovered and discussed BGL's sculptural project, they explored the nat­ural and social history of the Lower Don and found out how our everyday actions affect the health of the river. In response the students cre­ated their own sculp­tures out of clay by the banks of the river.

NO. 9'S ART AND ECOLOGY RESOURCE GUIDE: THE LOWER DON RIVER

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Just as BGL's work initiates wider rang­ing discus­sions, the information and activ­ities in the Resource Guide are broad in scope - address­ing a wide range of sci­ence, art and social stud­ies curriculum expectations in a systems approach to integrating Art and Ecology for this and by exten­sion, other river envi­ron­ments and water issues.

Through inquiry questions, worksheets and activ­ities, the Resource Guide out­lines eco­logical issues fac­ing the Lower Don, introduces the students to groups working on present concerns and future initiatives and culminates in Part Four: Stew­ard­ship Through the Lens of the Artist, where students are directed in the making of an artwork connected to the eco­logical issues and ideas explored.

Ref­er­ence is made to con­temporary art through­out the Resource Guide to initiate and stim­ulate thought and ideas; to illus­trate, inform and enhance the issues and ideas discussed; and so that chil­dren can begin to see a range of approaches taken, and concerns dealt with by con­temporary artists.

For more information con­tact Pearl Van Geest, Education Program Man­ager at pvangeest@no9.ca.