Sacred Earth Spaces

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Sacred Earth Spaces




When exploring earth as an enduring idea we ask learners to look at it as a sacred place that has been held in the highest regard since the beginning of time. Learners will create a vessel that contains within it a sacred earth space or created garden that celebrates their own connection with the earth. This project will delve into exploration of different cultures, societies and their own communities throughout history and see how traditions, art, and ritual were created in response to admiration of the earth, its beauty and its power. Understanding earth and its relationship with humankind leads us into the realm of spirituality or the experience/expression of the sacred. Learners can to begin think more critically about what they hold sacred in their lives, why they do and how they can care and nurture what they hold dear.


Ginger Henson


Mary Evelyn De Morgan, Eos, 1961.2
Yoshida Tōshi, Morinji in Spring, 1976.40
Yoshida Tōshi, Seahorses, 1972.16
Snuff Bottle with Lid, 1997.7.6ab


Handheld Art


Columbia Museum of Art

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6 classes


Visual Art Standards:
VAH1-1.4 Apply materials, techniques, and processes with skill, confidence, and sensitivity sufficient to make his or her intentions observable in the
artwork that he or she creates.
VAH1-3.1 Explore the sources of the subject matter and the ideas in a variety of works of visual art.
VAH1-4.1 Describe ways that the subject matter, symbols, ideas, and
technologies in various artworks are related to history and culture.

CCSS Standards:
World History Era 1-Standard 4A: Learners Explain the various criteria that have been used to define “civilization” and the fundamental differences between civilizations and other forms of social organization, notably hunter-gatherer bands, Neolithic agricultural societies, and pastoral nomadic societies.


-Learners will create a vessel that contains within it a sacred earth space or created garden that celebrates their connection with earth.
-Learners will collect information via research online and in books relating to the subject matter in order to create a sacred earth space that evokes the art tradition of Earthworks.
-Learners will gain a better understanding of the earth and how it is celebrated and held sacred via ritual, art, history, and cultural connections.


Collected earth objects
(stones, sand, leaves, moss, seashells etc.)
(boxes, lidded jars, clear and opaque containers)
Colored tissue paper
Modge podge
Small found objects

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