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BLAST Elementary Thematic Program
Imaginary Gardening & Urban Art

(March and April 2012)

 

Imaginary Gardening

Recommended for grades K-2

Watering cans, seeds, soil? You don't need anything but your imagination for this garden to grow! During this interactive program, students will explore different stories that show creative ways to help make the Earth more beautiful. They will also be given the opportunity to design and create their own "imaginary garden" flower to take home!

Books:

Brown, Peter
The Curious Garden

One day, a curious boy named Liam is out exploring his drab, gray city when he comes across a struggling garden. He decides to help the plants grow, never imagining what he is starting. As time passes, the garden takes on a life of its own and spreads across the city, changing everything in its path. Bit by bit, the city is transformed, becoming a lush, green world.

 

Larsen, Andres
The Imaginary Garden

Poppa's move to an apartment brings his and granddaughter Theo's gardening to an end - until Theo comes up with the idea to grow a new, imaginary garden. Come spring, the sun-hatted pair work side by side layering brushstrokes of color and delight in adding the first tiny stems.

 

Serafini, Frank
Looking Closely Inside the Garden

Take a journey of discovery inside the garden through the magin of close-up photography. First identify the object in a super-close-up picture, then turn to the next page to see the entire picture!

 

Reynolds, Peter H.
Rose's Garden

After traveling the world in her fantastic teapot, Rose is ready to put down roots. She sets about planting flower seeds in a neglected corner of a bustling city. And then she waits - through rain, cold, and snow. Rose waits, never doubting that the garden she envisions will one day come to be.

 

Urban Art!

Recommended for grades 3-5

Think a museum or gallery is the only place to experience great art? Think again! Community murals capture and promote the cultural present and past. Street art livens up neighborhoods with color. And more recently, pavement artists astound spectators with their impressive use of chalk. Throughout this interactive program, students will discover famous artists whose work can be found in every day spaces. Then they'll have a chance to try some chalk art of their own!

Books:

Shapiro, J.H.
Magic Trash

Vacant lots. Abandoned houses. Trash - lots of trash. Heidelberg Street was in trouble! Tyree Guyton loved his childhood home - that's where his grandpa Sam taught him to "paint the world." So he wanted to wake people up to make them see Detroit's crumbling communities. Paintbrush in hand, Tyree cast his artistic spell, transforming everyday junk into magic trash. Soon local kids and families joined Tyree in rebuilding their neighborhood, discovering the healing power of art along the way.

 

Tonatiuh, Duncan
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours

Diego Rivera, one of the most famous painters of the twentieth century, was once just a mischievous little boy who loved to draw. But this little boy would grow up to follow his passion and greatly influence the world of art.

Duncan Tonatiuh, who has also been inspired by the art and culture of his native Mexico, asks, if Diego was still painting today, what history would he tell through his artwork? What stories would he bring to life?

 

Kirk-Purcell, Julie
Sidewalk Canvas: Chalk Pavement Art at Your Feet

Sidewalk Canvas is the first book to explore the fascinating art of street painting, where colorful pastels are substituted for paint and the sidewalk for canvas.

 

Beever, Julian
Pavement Chalk Artist

Julian Beever's masterful three-dimensional anamorphic drawings have delighted audiences in major sities in Europe, England and North America. An anamorphic drawing is something that is drawn in a distortion and can only be properly seen through the lens of a camera positioned in one specific place. These drawings have delighted viewers for years not only because of their appeal, but also because, when viewed through a camera lens, they appear so realistically three-dimensional that the artist poses with his art and appears to be an integral part of the work.