On Friday the English Class fifth graders went to the Pori Art Museum to see the art exhibit, Flora, by Icelandic artist Eggert Pétursson. Pétursson, a much beloved artist in his native Iceland and elsewhere, grew up drawing plants from an early age. Some of his earliest drawings are on display at the museum. In fact, at a fairly young age he created colour illustrations for the first ever botanical guide of Icelandic flora.
From a distance, Pétursson’s art has an abstract quality of blending mellow colours. Close up to the paintings it is possible to see that they contain amazing minutiae of specific flowers.
You can see an example of flora detail in the collage above.
The fifth graders listened intently to their guide, Caroline Ward-Ratikainen, explain some details of these amazing works of art.
After touring the great hall and drawing inspiration from Pétursson’s work, the fifth graders participated in a workshop where they drew examples of flora themselves. There at PEDA-point the pupils even had use of a digital microscope, as well as magnifying glasses, to explore the minute details of plants that they were drawing.
As if that in itself weren’t enough, the pupils were treated to a second workshop experience during the same visit! This workshop was based on an entirely different exhibition, East Asian Video Frames: Shades of Urbanization, that was housed in the annex wing of the museum. East Asian artists, concerned about the effect of rapid urbanization made a series of videos and installations that investigate the issues of urbanization and how all pervasive it is on society, art and culture.
Based on an art piece structure in the exhibition that needed to be turned collaboratively using ropes, the fifth graders were challenged to build their own structures that could be turned. Using only cardboard boxes, tape and string, the pupils were challenged to build as tall a structure as possible.
There was some experimentation before things began to work.
The boys had a theory that the structure would hold together better if the boxes were of similar size.
A little pull here, a slight tug there and it’s up! Oh no, it’s nnn – o – t! This was an ingenious challenge for encouraging collaboration and teamwork!