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Sand gardens
Friday 15 August 2008
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PROJECT

To Build « sand gardens » from a collection of various sands and soils.

OBJECTIVES

To create an object in dimensions :

- as part of a project
- in relation with a theme

To learn to see one’s environment in its plastic characteristics.

SKILLS

Being able to:

- classify materials
- make choices
- take advantage of techniques to assemble, associate, juxtapose, fragment spaces.

MATERIALS

- various boxes, crates (from the grocer’s for example)
- plastic or clay cups
- hollowed out logs of wood
- Glue
- Natural elements (dry vegetation, soils, sands, pebbles, stones….)

REFERENCES

- Francis Hunzinger "Terres louangées"
- Marinette Cueco "Magnolia Grandiflora "

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PROCEDURES

Before the session:

- Create a garden at school.
- Gather iconographical documents.

Lay out the garden in plots delineated by rims : a vegetable garden, a flower garden an herb garden.

Develop cultivations according to a precise plan : semi-regular rows, delineation of the alleys and of the space between plants.

1) Present the children with the works :

- In Francis Hunzinger’s work, children see :…plenty of gardens … multicoloured soils… tiling… collections, … mosaic…
- In Marinette Cueco’s work, children see :… leaves cut out in triangles, … a forest, … collections, … a tidying …

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2) Create the « sand gardens »:

- Sort out, classify the natural elements by colour, by shape, après washing the stones and sifting the sands and soils.
- Make up sand gardens, soil gardens, by associating these elements in a box.

Present one’s creation, express oneself in front of the others.

FOLLOW-ON ACTIVITIES

Create miniature gardens installed in various objects : a chair, a toy, a shoe.

ASSESSMENT

It will deal with the child’s ability to:

- Elaborate an achieve a project
- Take advantage of the works of the observed artists (constitution of a collection, use of the vegetal as a material…)

Present one’s work and analyse the work of others.

TRANSPOSITION

These activities my be transposed to any other level or age.


Yvette Puel. Henri Wallon Nursery school , Achères (Yvelines ) France

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