The art making process began with students engaging in a reflective discussion on how water is a vital source of life for all living things. Then students read an informational text about the water cycle and studied the diagrams in order to visually understand the processes of evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and transpiration (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.5- Explain how images and diagrams contribute to clarify a text). Next, each student drafted a water cycle illustration and then deconstructed the imagery into patterns and shapes inspired by the work of artist Oscar Oiwa. Students combined the abstracted water cycles with drawings of plants and animals to symbolize the importance of water for all living things. The final works of art were created using sharpies in the style of Oscar Oiwa and then finished with a grey ink wash.
In June of 2015, Elizabeth Chen will join the Learn To Live team to construct her design in Indonesia. Students' artwork will be printed on the metal siding of the structure and will serve as an eye catching visual element highlighting the filtration system.
Learn To Live aims to provide clean drinking water for several hundred students and villagers in Bunaken; increasing basic sanitation, reducing plastic waste and saving countless dollars on importing drinking water from the mainland.
To learn more visit- http://learntoliveglobal.org/water-projects/bunaken/