The Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Environmental Youth Network and artist Karen Cornelius present:
Are you a teacher? Give your students the tools to think creatively about environmental issues facing our world. Below are FREE lesson plans to teach the Environment and Art components of this project to your classroom.
Exploring local environmental issues through art – this is the basis of the Eco/Art/Action project. Funded by the Winnipeg Arts Council’s “WITH ART” program, Eco/Art/Action is a collaboration of the Manitoba Environmental Youth Network, Dakota Collegiate Grade 12 art students, and local printmaker and video artist Karen Cornelius.
Over 20 students spent five months working on their projects in the first semester of the 2014/15 school year. Projects included collage, sculpture, stop-motion animation and screen-printing. Students were introduced to environmental issues facing our city, using the themes of Food, Water, Transportation, and Stuff to guide them. The students were challenged to think about how they interact with their community, how the four themes affect their living experience in Winnipeg, and what types of impacts lifestyle choices in Winnipeg have in other places around the world. Exploring these topics can often feel overwhelming and discouraging; however the students were able to process their reactions and feelings through their art. Visit our Project Gallery to see examples of work, and the Pilot Project Presentation for detailed information.