Tuesday is World Water Day – March 22 – http://www.unesco.org/water/water_celebrations/

– and this is the third and final of three Water-themed blog postimgs.

Having looked first at some artworks that relate to water (one more added here – how could we forget Monet?), and then at images of the destructive power and of the  impact of lack of water, this week I’d like to focus on the work of  Andy Goldsworthy. Goldsworthy works with many natural elements, not just water, but he created a DVD called Rivers and Tides,  which is an excellent introduction for students who may be unfamiliar with the things that he does.

I’m an examiner, and as such interview DP visual arts students every year, but only rarely do I encounter students who exhibit or  incorporate ‘found’ natural forms in their exhibition.

Of course there are great learning opportunities here – looking at the Theory of Knowledge and asking questions like

‘what is art?’,

‘what do we expect from art?’,

‘what are the standards by which we judge art?’,

‘is it important fro artwork to be original?’

The visual arts course Aims include enabling students to investigate (among other things) present and emerging forms of visual arts and engage in producing, appreciating and evaluating these, and in addition, students are expected to respond to and analyse critically and contextually the function, meaning and artistic qualities of present and emerging art. (Assessment objectives)






Andy Goldsworthy has  also been working in New York



Monet image

Claude Monet – Water-Lilies (Bridgestone Museum).jpg