How fortunate are Rowland Hall students to have access to resources in our community like the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s Art Truck? UMOCA's most recent traveling exhibit visited the Lower School in November and students in grades three, four, and five discovered art by Brooklyn-based artist Meridith Pingree. Her three-dimensional kinetic sculptures and geometric compositions are made of beads, wood, zippers, and aluminum. UMOCA’s art educator Elly Baldwin explained to students how Pingree’s art uses patterns to explore how people interact with math, science, and technology.
In conjunction with the exhibit, Lower School teachers were provided lesson plans on topics such as geometric patterns and tessellations, mapping spatial patterns in the community, and creative writing. What a wonderful way to link art with academics!
UMOCA's Art Truck made it possible for students to have a hands-on lesson in how to create a part of an interactive tessellation design out of pipe cleaners. The outside of the truck featured drawings that combined mathematical structures of pattern and geometry with organic design. The artworks also investigated patterns of human behavior through sculptures and geometric works that react to the movement of viewers.