Fantasy Animals for a Better World

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Fantasy Animals for a Better World




Fantasy is an excellent way for learners to explore science through art and develop creative ways to solve issues within the biological world. Our world is full of relationships between man, animals and nature; some relationships are positive and others are destructive. Learners will explore animals, bugs, and trees that are facing extinction and see the cause and effect relationships that are putting these organisms in peril. The learners will think critically in regards to what is causing extinction and how they can devise ways to prevent extinction from happening by creating art through fantasy. Learners will create collage/drawings that morph actual endangered organisms into mutated, mechanical organisms that exhibit qualities that will help to protect themselves from extinction. Through these explorations learners will not only gain insight into the sciences but be exposed to being better citizens of the world they live in and possibly open their eyes to the role they can play in taking action for change.


Ginger Henson


Edgar Alexander McKillop, Kangaroo, 1975.42.2
Edgar Alexander McKillop, Gorilla, 1975.43


Handheld Art


Columbia Museum of Art

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5 classes


Visual Arts Standards:
VA6-2.2 Describe the ways in which the elements and principles of design are used in a particular work of art and the ways in which their use
expresses the artist’s ideas.
VA6-3.2 Select and use subject matter, symbols, ideas, and the elements and principles of design to communicate meaning through his or her artmaking.
VA6-6.2 Compare and contrast concepts, issues, and themes in the visual arts and other subjects in the school curriculum.

CCSS Standard:
LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems- Similarly, predatory interactions may reduce the number of organisms or eliminate whole populations of organisms. Mutually beneficial interactions in contrast, may become so interdependent that each organism requires others for survival. Although the species involved in these competitive, predatory, and mutually beneficial interactions vary across ecosystems, the patterns of interactions of organisms with their environments, both nonliving, are shared.


Learning Outcomes:
-Learners will alter and manipulate endangered species through drawing and collage in order to evoke mutated qualities that could protect their chosen species from going extinct.
-Learners will collect information via research online and in books relating to the subject matter in order to create a finished composition.
-Learners will discuss how through fantasy and composition they have found ways to portray the protection of their chosen endangered species.


Colored pencils
Pencils and Erasers
Rice and Tissue paper
Scrap Paper, Magazines
Scrap Fabric

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