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Sand: Damon Farmer



Sand sculptor Damon Farmer describes how a vacation hobby has become a 30-year career of creating intricate works all over the world. In this profile, Farmer shows the various techniques and unconventional tools he has developed to create beautiful sculptures within the limitations of sand. He describes the process as seeing how far he can push the sculpture without making it collapse, always learning something new from each attempt.

Suggested Uses:

  • Use to spark a discussion about the artist’s methods and intentions as well as the creative process in general. Have students create art based on the video and your discussion.
  • Use in conjunction with a discussion of the purposes of art.
  • Damon Farmer’s art is transitory. Can students think of other transitory forms of art (e.g., Tibetan sand paintings, a live dance performance not captured on videotape, etc.)? Discuss what impact this might have on both the artist and the viewer.
  • Use this segment as part of a “careers in the arts” unit or as an introductory activity before an artist-in-residence visits your classroom.

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