CONCEPT: Art materials come from local resources.
OBJECTIVES: To use resources from the local natural surrounding to create art materials and to use them to create artworks.
CONTENT: Science, Visual Arts, Social Studies, and Action Research.

The Art-lab Module establishes a context and stimulus for independent practice by the Project Earth-To-Art participant in a teacher-student Problem-Based collaboration, as a follow-up to the Camp Module. Those who are quite mature in art teaching can use the following guidelines as pre-practice and share the results at Community of Practice Camp. The Art-lab task is to, likewise, enable pupils and student teachers to acquire understanding of the use of resources from the local natural surrounding to create art materials and artworks.

In the art laboratory, the art teacher and students will collaborate to identity, collect, and design art materials from local resources. They will test the designed materials and present solutions to the problem. Participation is invited worldwide from art educators from all levels of schools and tertiary institutions, researchers, artists, undergraduate fine art and art education students to join in resolving the eco-project problem. The teacher and student participants are encouraged to document the process in photography, sketches, finished artworks, and student and teacher writings on the experience.

Here is the digest of the teacher-led Art-lab Module. The preparation for the project is such opportunity as the Camp Module provides. The teachers should do a feasibility study to test the ideas herein by producing a sample of art materials, and artworks before guiding students in manner of sourcing of local resources, and creating art materials such as paints, inks, dyes, brushes, and papers. The culminating part entails testing by making works of art from the art materials. Other (optional) follow-up components entail re-design, re-testing (and market survey of the produced art materials), and dissemination of the results of the project.

Thus, linkages among the teacher participants is requested to exchange ideas, exhibit the art material products, and the artworks created with the materials. Conference presentations, and publications in hard copy or e-format are optional dissemination strategies. What follows is only the starting point, a challenge to experiment with the range of locally available materials. Share your results with us -your best and worst results are equally relevant!