To provide contexts for observing and discussing ideas about the natural
environment, human-made environment, and ecological issues in art.
What is your environment?
Start with big environments and work to smaller ones. You are part
of the universe, Milky Way, solar system, Earth, continent, country,
state, county, town, community, neighborhood, house, room, and finally,
yourself. Notice how your environments start out with natural elements,
evolve to human-made, and return to natural.
Environments can be created by natural climatic conditions or
be human-made. Environments can have both positive and negative
influences on people.
Name five environmentally positive influences and five environmentally
Consider these selected works. Which works express emotion about
natural environments? Which works express emotion about human-made
environments? Which works create an environment? Which works comment
on social issues (criticize or praise society)? How have these artists
expressed ideas and feelings, or faced issues about the environment?
What is Nash trying to express about the environment? Lozowick?
Which one of the nine artworks would you like to have in your
own environment, in your home or yard? Why?
Do environments change? What part did environment play in the
disappearance of the dinosaurs?
How is the O' Keeffe painting different from the Lozowick painting?
Which one do you like the best? Why?
- Berenice Abbott, Murray Hill Hotel,
1935, black and white photograph, 9 3/8 x 7 1/4 in. and Broadway
to the Battery, 1936, black and white photograph, 9 1/4 x
6 3/4 in. WAM
- Giovanni Antonio Canal (called Canaletto),
Grand Canal from Palazzo Flangini to Palazzo Bembo, before
1740, oil on canvas, 24 1/4 x 36 3/8 in. MIA
- Frank Gehry, The Frederick R. Weisman
Art Museum, University of Minnesota, 1993, architecture/mixed
- Marsden Hartley, Storm Clouds,
Maine, 1906-07, oil on canvas, 30 1/8 x 24 15/16 in. WAC
- Louis Lozowick, New York,
about 1925-26, oil on canvas, 30 1/8 x 22 1/8 in. WAC
- Mexico (Nayarit), House Group,
200 B.C.- A.D. 300, polychromed terra-cotta, 18 1/2 in. high.
- David Nash, Standing Frame, 1987,
charred white oak, linseed oil, 172 x 209 3/4 x 209 1/2 in. WAC
- Georgia O'Keeffe, Oriental Poppies,
1928, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 1/4 in. WAM
- Vincent van Gogh, Olive Trees,
1889, oil on linen, 29 x 36 1/2 in. MIA