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Ms. Cellar’s 3D Art class learned about Environmental Art recently, and were inspired by existing Environmental Art to create their own projects out in their natural environment.  They were asked to focus on non-representational, or abstract, designs, since another purpose of this project was for students to practice creating rhythm, movement, and emphasis in their artworks.  Before arranging items in nature, students were shown a variety of earthworks, such as Robert Smithson’s “The Spiral Jetty” right here in Utah, and were challenged to consider the ethical implications of Environmental Art in a class discussion.  One student commented, “By adding or taking away things to an ecosystem, it can really harm the environment.”; another agreed, saying “you might accidentally change part of a landscape, or you might put harmful materials in nature.”  Students were asked to consider their impact on the environment as they made their projects, and were careful not to destroy or disrupt nature as they created.  Hopefully, their work will inspire you to look more closely at the world around you and to explore the impact Environmental Art can have!

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