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The schoolyard, our garden
Thursday 30 October 2008
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To create a discovery path in the school yard as an area of public garden.

OBJECTIVES

- To approach the yard in its relation to nature.
- To invest space in order to integrate into it floor-levelled and hanging creations or sculptures on treillis.

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SKILLS

To perceive, express, react, interact (with the other pupils, with artists’ works).

MATERIALS :

Plant elements, stones, hemp, sand, treillis, papers, cloth, wire, glue, Sellotape, Plexiglas, wire cutters and a scroll saw with metal web.

REFERENCES

Bob Verschueren, Installations

PROCEDURES

Prerequisites :

- Expression of the children’s individual representations related to the garden in the form of drawings, words, sentences
- Appearance of some aspects from the expression of representations : tensions between the public and the private aspects, the wild and the designed aspects, between functional and leisure aspects
- Observation of the yard : relation between a yard and a public garden, wild nature or designed yard
- Exploration of the park through the senses ; natural elements’ collecting for the productions to come
- Meeting with artists’ works - Bob Verschueren, Installations

Activities :

Three classes collaborate to create the discovery path of the schoolyard as a public garden area: each one elaborates a project.

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Project 1 : Working on the ground level

It consists in :

- on the one hand, making a composition in the space delimited by the cavity obtained by taking off some of the concrete slabs covering the whole schoolyard surface. Then, the composition is covered with a Plexiglas sheet
- on the other hand, organizing a path for the visitors, enabling them to discover the whole of the works produced

Project 2 : hanging

The production consists in weaving natural elements (hemp, bindweed, boughs, grass…) onto metallic treillis frames which will then be hung on the wire meshes surrounding the schoolyard.

Project 3: sculptures

The 3-D productions are linked to nature thanks to their theme and/or the use of materials.

TRANSPOSITION

A similar work can be considered with younger pupils provided the material and the necessary tools are adapted to them. JPEG

ASSESSMENT

- To become aware of man’s role onto the environment
- To approach the link between nature and culture, what is wild and what is artificial, what is aesthetic and what is functional
- To learn how to argue: present a “guided tour" of the schoolyard to parents and other pupils.


Marc Labeeu, étudiant en sciences de l’éducation, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgique

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