Students will explore their local and regional geographical landscape while focusing more intently on geological features and the history behind iconic land and water forms and how they create and allow for the local environments in our own backyard. In their exploration of the region’s history students will also explore the concept of space, place and object symbolism. Upon finding a local, feature, place and or natural object of importance, each student will then create a small painting using color theory techniques that will be taught and modeled by the artist instructor during the program. The students will be able to choose their own composition and may paint an entire landscape, an iconic feature or even a macro image of a local plant.

Arts and Academic Standards

  • Students will learn the geological and geographical history of their local land.
  • Students will be able to explore and understand abstract concepts such a space, place, symbolism.
  • Students will learn terms and vocabulary surrounding color theory, geology, and geography,
  • Students will be able to describe and illustrate color harmony combinations.
  • Students will be able to draw and or paint a local landscape, or natural object and discuss the context or address value in relation to themselves.

Artist Residency

What Arts Standards are met through the program?

  • Anchor Standard 1-3: Constructively use, explore and manipulate materials and organizational principles to create a work of art that communicates an idea.
  • Anchor Standard 2-ALL
  • Anchor standard 3-4: Reflect on whether one’s artwork conveys the intended meaning and revise accordingly.
  • Anchor Standard 6-1: 1. Select art objects for personal portfolio and display and explain choices.
  • Anchor Standard 10-2:Examine and apply internal and external resources to create meaningful artwork that reflects interests, knowledge, research, and cultural understanding

What other Oregon State Standards are met through the program? 

4th Grade:

  • ESS2.A:  Earth Materials and Systems
    Rainfall helps to shape the land and affects the types of living things found in a region. Water, ice, wind, living organisms, and gravity break rocks, soils, and sediments into smaller particles and move them around. (4-ESS2-1)
  • ESS2.B:  Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions
    The locations of mountain ranges, deep ocean trenches, ocean floor structures, earthquakes, and volcanoes occur in patterns. Most earthquakes and volcanoes occur in bands that are often along the boundaries between continents and oceans. Major mountain chains form inside continents or near their edges. Maps can help locate the different land and water features areas of Earth. (4-ESS2-2)
  • ESS2.E:  Biogeology
    Living things affect the physical characteristics of their regions. (4-ESS2-1)

6th Grade:

  • ESS3.C:  Human Impacts on Earth Systems
    Human activities have significantly altered the biosphere, sometimes damaging or destroying natural habitats and causing the extinction of other species. But changes to Earth’s environments can have different impacts (negative and positive) for different living things.

What will the students produce through the course of the residency (pieces of art, performances/skills, pieces of writing, etc.)
Each student will create a small tempera painting roughly 9×12 or 18 x 24 if they choose to go larger.

How appropriate is your program for the following grade ranges?
This program is best suited for 4th- 8th graders but can be modified for other grade levels.