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Outdoor Installation



Contemporary Ho-Chunk/Winnebago artist Truman Lowe guides students as they learn about the Wickliffe Mounds historic site and create a collaborative work of art using natural materials. Lowe lives and teaches in Wisconsin, creating compositions that utilize materials from nature and traditional Native American themes and iconography. He visited the Wickliffe Mounds, a sacred Native American site in Western Kentucky, to gain inspiration for a new series of works that he exhibited at Murray State University.

Suggested Uses:

  • Use to spark a discussion about artists’ methods and intentions and the creative process in general. Have students create art based on the video and your discussion.
  • Use to demonstrate the collaborative process, using techniques and suggestions from the video.
  • Use in conjunction with a discussion of the purposes of art (e.g., creating an outdoor installation/sculpture).
  • Use as part of a “careers in the arts” unit or as an introductory activity before an artist-in-residence visits your classroom.
  • Pair with the profiles of Lowe—the “Contemporary Native American Artist” and “At Wickliffe Mounds” segments from Visual Arts and Culture—to explore how an artist uses the skills of observation, material design, and collaboration demonstrated in this activity. Discuss misconceptions students may have about Native American arts.

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