Have you ever seen the displays of dinosaur skeletons at the natural history museum? They are poised on a pedestal, reconstructed, ready to leap, hunt, or run. These pieces truly inspire wonder in the minds of writers, scientists, and artists. This wonderfully integrated art class gives you the opportunity to work in each of these disciplines.
1. Students will WRITE a piece about a real animal of the past, an imaginary creature, or a hybrid of both. Using language to describe to us where this animal lived, what it ate, how it moved, and what size it was, brings this animal to light!
2. Students will DIAGRAM a skeletal drawing of this creature. Skeletal systems reveal the balance, species, strength, or fragility of an animal. We will learn if these bones before us comprise flippers or powerful, long necks? How do they connect? We will have to study the bones themselves to decide.
3. Using clay and their drawings, students will finally sculpt the bones of this creature and assemble them one by one onto the display base. Artists have been inspired by bones for centuries, so before we begin, will will study the artists Georgia O'Keefe, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, and Jean Arp.
We sincerely hope you love this workshop as much as we love teaching it!