From Trash to Beauty: The Art of Steven Siegel
How can environmental artists and their art contribute to the enrichment of the school curriculum? How are art, nature, and education connected? This phenomenological case study investigates these questions using qualitative and arts-based research methods to analyze the work of an environmental artist, Steven Siegel. Siegel’s works provide inspiration, ideas, and guidance for synthesizing these three domains. Using pre-consumer materials and recycled materials, he creates public art and site-specific installations around the theme of small parts creating a whole.
Through personal interviews and an examination of his works, this research considers how this type of art could be used by educators to engage artists with schools and communities to foster a greater consciousness about our environment. Integrating the arts across disciplines increases learning. The art can also open doors to new ways of approaching environmental issues through the integration of ecological art and education in the school curriculum. This research also explores how educators can adopt artists’ art-making processes to use as models in the curriculum to help students interact with art in a meaningful way and raise their consciousness about the environment.
Keywords: Public Art, Recycled Art, Education, Integrating the Art into the Curriculum
Dr. Young Imm Kang Song
Ph.D. Programs in Educational Studies, Lesley University