Nomad art is a project which began with myself and Stephane Leroux transporting our paintings across Tokyo by public transport to an exhibition. We started early that morning but realised that we would be hitting peak commuting time. With time to spare we decided to wait with our work at each station where we transferred. We had been discussing ways to open up public space to use for art but in a way that would not lead to confrontations with any authorities. https://www.facebook.com/Tokyo-Nomad-Art-427939034024755/timeline/
The Land art syllabus is an art based English syllabus that I designed and taught at Morimura Gakuen elementary school from 2011 to 2015.
Learning to describe artworks
The children learn about the work of British land artist Andy Goldsworthy. They look at photos of his work and extracts of the film Rivers and Tides and learn the English to describe aspects of the works such as nature nouns, colour, texture, size, shape and prepositions of place.
In this photo one child is describing an artwork whilst the others guess which picture it is.
Designing an artwork
The children think of ideas for possible artworks within the limitations of available time and materials then choose one design to build.
The children have to build their artwork using only natural materials and within the worthy minutes of the lesson. They need to organise themselves as a group to collect materials.
Making the artwork
Work in progress
The children write a description of their artwork in their groups using language that they studied earlier in the course. When it's been checked they practice and give a presentation of their artwork to the class which they record and publish on a website.