Spark: Art and the Environment

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Art and the Environment: This Spark collection produced by KQED, focuses on artists whose environmental concerns are apparent in their work. Integrate the arts into eco-literacy, and discover different ways that artists address environmental issues through their art practice.

  • Daniel McCormick: Visual Arts (Sculpture)

    In this Spark video produced by KQED, follow environmental artist Daniel McCormick as he creates temporary sculptures in the creek beds of West Marin.

    Grades: K-13+
  • Chris Drury: Visual Arts (Earthworks)

    In this Spark video produced by KQED, climb a tree with Chris Drury whose installations mimic the underlying patterns of the natural world.

    Grades: K-13+
  • Andy Goldsworthy: Visual Arts (Earthworks)

    In this Spark video produced by KQED, meet international artist Andy Goldsworthy as he installs "Drawn Stone" in the entrance courtyard of the de Young Museum.

    Grades: K-13+
  • Jim Denevan: Visual Arts (Earth Works)

    Jim Denevan performs drawings -- making temporary sculptures on the sandy beaches. In this Spark video produced by KQED, tail Denevan as he composes two sand works and talks about his meditations and his process.

    Grades: K-13+
  • Gregory Gavin: Visual Arts

    Gregory Gavin is an artist with a social cause. In this Spark video produced by KQED, explore his project called "Riveropolis," which was born out of his interest in bringing inner-city people together in a man-made environment reminiscent of nature.

    Grades: K-13+
  • One Tree(s): Natalie Jeremijenko

    In this video segment adapted from Spark, we learn about the work of scientist and artist, Natalie Jeremijenko as she turns San Francisco's many neighborhoods into a gigantic laboratory.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Invisible Forces: Ned Kahn

    Sometimes it is challenging to comprehend the forces that effect out everyday life because most forces we can't see. This KQED video segment from Spark shows how one artist makes them visible.

    Grades: 4-12
  • Natural Selection

    Natural Selection was a two-person exhibition featuring installations involving both living and fabricated natural objects that convey an environmentalist message.

    Grades: 6-13+