How do you collect TIME? - In this lesson one of the hook would be “Seasons of Love” from the RENT musical, as it asks “How do you measure, measure a year?” and “How do you measure, a year in the life?” students will be researching process art and how artists make art giving themselves a set of guidelines. Tony Orrico makes drawings using specific body motions. Artists also want to make a statement about people’s ways of life by showing something shocking like a sculpture made from trash found in our oceans by Claudio Garzon. Other artists being introduced in this lesson would be Jason deCaires Taylor, Joseph Beuys, and Johanna Martensson. For example, students could collect all their trash for a month, or draw every item of food they eat in one week, or take a picture of your credit card/cash every time you buy something. Students will likely surprise themselves by their collections.What might another culture collect, or how could other cultures view time? The same, or not?
Frozen in TIME - Students will be exploring “a moment in time,” and depict this using a drawing or painting medium. Students will be shown photographs from history and look at the characteristics that make the photograph frozen in time (for example “V-J Day in Times Square” by Alfred Eisenstaedt). Then, we look at some more modern photographs that we decipher to be frozen in time (such as a skydiving still). Does a decade define time? Or can time be depicted through an action, or visible tension? Students will need to take a series of photographs and narrow it down to their favorite depiction of being frozen in time. They will take this photograph and turn it into a drawing or painting based on what might be most effective to represent time.
Clocks of TIME - As the final project for focusing on the concept of time, students will creating a clock that reflects their own interpretation of time. If the students wish, the school will buy supplies to make the clock actually functional. However, if their representation does not allow for the clock to work, then the clock does not have to work in the end. Using the laser etcher and 3D Printer students will make their clock face and clock hands, respectively. Students will plan their ideas through various sketches, with teacher approval to make sure the clock is actually feasible. A few days of the lesson will be dedicated to learning essential tools in the Rhino program for creating hands for their clocks Artists to look at for this lesson will include Salvador Dali “The persistence of memory,” Xetobyte from deviantart. And images and symbols such as clocks, sun dials, hour glasses, and phases of the moon. Also images from the great wall of china, or the egyptian pyramids that took hundreds of years (lot of time) to build.