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Language Articulation in a medicinal plant garden
Sunday 7 December 2008
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To extrapolate the human field from :
- a scientific approach
- observation to personal implication by developing an original verbal and artistic vocabulary

OBJECTIVES

To understand the expressionism and symbolism notions

SKILLS

To build up the different stages of a personal research

MATERIALS

- Outside: sketch book, camera, camcorder
- Inside: all the material answering the objectives chosen by the pupil

REFERENCES

The Medicinal Plant Garden: information given by the medicinal plant garden director, each pupil makes an enrichment file (texts, photos, paintings, artistic creations…) that allows the dialogue during the personal research

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PROCEDURES

1) Visit of the medicinal plant garden.Meet the director, professor of biology at the UCL:

- historical explanation
- scientific and didactic goal
- plant description

2) Walk and analyse in the garden:

- integration in the environment
- architectural structure of space and greenhouse
- feel, touch, observe the plants
- sketches, photos, video…

3) Inside/workshop:

Realise the immediate link between plant and human:

“I can’t work on a subject without searching myself medicinal plants, seeing what they cure, observing and drawing them. I must also taste them and try to use them to cure myself. I begin with this first idea then I try to draw an artistic work from my experimentation. But more than anything else I must see, smell, taste, search and find them.?

4) Search special objectives:

- expressing in volume a symbolic language to represent the body, disease and cure
- searching a space associating two languages: figurative and abstract Figurative: reality of the plant in space, work on the shape

Abstract: plant effect, work on the colour

- building up an initiatory route (in relation to the Cuelho’s Alchemist)
- deepening the theme

5) Search artistic means suitable to the objectives:

- Expressionism: shape deformation, colour amplification: pain
- Symbolism: from personal to universal experience

6) Search technical means in relation to the artistic means.

FOLLOW-ON-ACTIVITIES

- Display the works, work with space: dialogue with other pupils
- See the film “Trees (“Arbres) directed by a botanist

TRANSPOSITION

With the older children: study ad for a parallel medicine or an herbalist.

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ASSESSMENT

Realise that:

- from a scientific approach, an expressive and personal work can be developed
- the artistic vocabulary allows a universal communication.


Anne Dejaifve .Lycée Martin V École d’Application U.C.L Option Art Louvain-la-Neuve Belgique

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