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International Baccalaureate Visual Arts

Unit 7 Recycled Art

Chen Hang Feng Luxurious Riffraff 2008

I spent almost three months collecting garbage from the recycling center near where I live, choosing the items by color, shape and original function. Since most people in Shanghai don't separate their garbage from their recyclables, the recyclables were often filthy. I had to sterilize them before assembling them into the installation. Washing and cleaning the garbage has become a process of creation and also self-education. Chen Hang Feng

It is the process of nature's elements redefining the man-made that created the initial alchemy in working with these found objects, taking the objects beyond the mundane. John Dahlsen

Making good use of the things that we find Things that the everyday folks leave behind Making the most of everything Even bottles and tins Pick up the pieces and make 'em into something new Is what we do Lyrics to the “The Wombles� theme tune

UNIT 7 Recycled Art International Baccalaureate Visual Arts

From left to right >> Andy Warhol by Jason Mecier; Makeover Mandala by Virginia Fleck; Zena by Steven Siegel

IWB CRITERIA RESEARCH CULTURE/CONTEXT Analysis and thoughtful comparison of Art from different cultures and times, carefully considering its function and significance


Demonstration of a range of effective skills, techniques and processes when making and analysing images and artifacts


Demonstrate coherent, focused and individual investigative strategies into visual qualities, ideas and their context, a range of different approaches towards their study and informed connections between them

DEPTH/BREADTH Demonstrate depth and breadth through the successful development and synthesis of ideas and the wellexplained connections between the work and that of others

In your Investigation Work Book, complete the following tasks: Find 3 different artists (contemporary or in history) who have created Recycled Art. Find as much factual information as you can (about the artists, images of their artworks etc). Written information should be in your own words. Write 2-3 pages on each artist. Your entries should include both the facts you uncovered and your feelings and thoughts – what ideas do they give you? How can you use (or reject) the information you gather and why? Make relevant media experiments related to your ideas about Recycled Art and explore them in depth. Focus your research on what knowledge is needed to use this media well. What terms are associated with the media? What techniques? Research artists famous for using this media. Aim for ten pages of media experiments. Produce an in-depth investigation of one or more artworks relating to Recycled Art. Evidence that you have considered the work’s visual, technical, historical, aesthetic and intellectual values. The more you investigate, probe and explore the more you will begin to develop your own individual approach to Recycled Art and focus that approach. This development, and the way that it manifests itself in your work is crucial to a mature, sophisticated and evolved body of art. Plan an exhibition on Recycled Art. Select three other artists and their work - plan how to display their work and discuss why they were chosen. Then write up a catalogue for the exhibition which features a carefully written entry about what these artists have in common as well as the specific ways in which their work impacts upon the Art of Recycling and its ideology. This should be about 3 pages long.


Demonstrate effective and accurate use of visual arts specialist vocabulary


The use of a range of appropriate sources, which are acknowledged properly


The effective and creative presentation of work that demonstrates thoughtful, critical observation, reflection and discrimination


The presentation of a clear relationship between investigation and studio work

The presentation criteria should be evident within your research criteria pages. They should include evidence of:

• correct terminology and specialist vocabulary when writing as part of your research, investigation and experimentation. • a wide range of resources such as books, journals, periodicals, art galleries, internet sources as part of your research. All sources should be sited properly using the MLA format. Use Easybib to help you correctly cite sources. • ideas should be presented effectively and creatively. Thoughtful observation and discrimination, both written and visual, should be evident. • pages which link directly to your studio work. Documentation of studio work experiments which are developed further in the IWB.

In your Studio Work:

Create artwork using recycled or found materials. The materials you use in your ‘recycled’ artwork should be sourced locally and have already fulfilled their initial purpose. Things to consider in your studio work:

Understanding Are the ideas behind your studio work well suited to the techniques and media you have chosen? Can you explain the personal, cultural, visual meaning, purpose of your studio work?

Relevance How are the ideas in your studio work connected to your own life and cultural background? Have you created strong, powerful pieces of Art which really mean something to you?

Development How much personal growth and improvement have you shown through your artwork? How have you developed as an artist? Can you distinguish the difference between your good and your weaker ideas?

Sensitivity & Technique What visual effects do I want to create? How effective is the medium you have chosen at creating these techniques? Would it be better to use something else? Are you using your chosen medium with high levels of skill?

Confidence & Independence Have you truly explored your ideas to create interesting, adventurous studio work or have you settled for the safe and obvious? Have you used any unusual or unexpected combinations of ideas and/or materials in your studio work? Does your work show truly independent research, or have you only researched the artists given to you by your teacher?


Display an excellent understanding of the ideas and techniques that underpin artistic expression


Demonstrate consistently the production of personally relevant artwork that shows excellent exploration of ideas reflecting cultural and historical awareness and artistic qualities


Demonstrate thoughtful development of ideas and strategies for expression


Display a sensitivity to materials and their use, the work having been reviewed, modified and refined to an accomplished resolution of ideas and medium

TECHNIQUE Demonstrate excellent technical competence

CONFIDENCE Demonstrates confidence and inventiveness

DEADLINE: Investigation workbook and studio work to be completed by: 10th June 2011. A critique of your work will take place on the same day.


Shows self-direction and informed, reflective judgement that challenges and extends personal boundaries

International Baccalaureate Visual Arts

Caguamas by Andrés Basurto; Terrierist by Robert Bradford; 7 Buoy Totems by John Dahlsen

International Baccalaureate Visual Arts

Blue Installation by John Dahlsen

USEFUL WEBSITES Click on the links below for more information:

The Fine Art of Recycling Recycled Art The Green Museum John Dahlsen Steven Siegel Waste Man Trashformaciones Virginia Fleck Urs-P. Twellman Cass Sculpture Foundation 12 Most Creative Recycled Sculptures Michelle Reader Tom Deininger

The Wombles wish you the very best of luck !

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