Science: Environment: the world around us
Russell Talbert Gordon
Hot Dog Bridge
Russell Gordon described his art making practice as “the art of forming rather than form itself.”
His work was highly influenced by jazz music and was often described as celebratory in nature. Gordon taught fine arts at the University of Utah. How do you think he felt about this landscape?
Kuba Peoples, Democratic Republic of Congo
wood, pigment, beads, cowries, cloth, raffia
The materials used to make this mask tell a story about where this artwork is from. Many of the materials (wood, hair, pigment, and raffia) are natural materials that could be gathered from the environment in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). By looking at these materials, can you tell what the environment is like in the DRC?
Harry G. Taylor
14.5" x 12"
The artist Harry G. Taylor was influenced by his travels in the Pacific during World War II. The bold style and simplistic representation of this storm scene is representative of the art he witnessed in those travels.
Lee Udall Bennion
Snow Queen: Portrait of Adah
48" x 36"
oil on canvas
Though it has the appearance of a portrait, this painting is designed to reflect the relationship between the subject, and her surroundings. Through the spacing of the objects as well as the position of Adah, she becomes connected to the outside weather, the window, as well as the doll she is holding. Each item is a part of her environment that she becomes related to through the space they share.
- What is the “environment?” Environments can be many things including: landscapes, nature, buildings or rooms, and communities.
- Look at these four environments. What types of environments are they? Make a Venn Diagram or flow-chart to find similarities and differences between them. Is there anything that connects all four?
- Think about one of the environments you have been studying in class. Draw a picture or make a collage that shows how you feel about that environment.