What began as a vacation hobby has become a 30-year career that has taken sand sculptor Damon Farmer all over the world. In this profile, he displays his tools and reveals how he creates sculptures within the limitations of sand.
In this video excerpt, one of Farmer’s sand sculptures is a recreation of the Iwo Jima Memorial. Have students research Iwo Jima and write reports detailing this historic battle. Discuss how art can commemorate history.
Study the way Navajo natives paint with sand.
Take students to the computer lab and have them research sand sculpture competitions. Have them choose some of their favorite sculptures and report their findings to the class.
Study the science of sand (earth science). Allow students to create sand sculptures.
Have students respond to a sand sculpture by Farmer using the four-step process of describe, analyze, interpret, and evaluate. (See images of additional works at the Shadetree Studio website: www.shadetreestudio.com)
Sand art is the formation of creations, pictures and imagery using the medium of sand. It is believed that this art form began in Petra, Jordan during the early 20th century.Supposedly, the multi-colored sand and rocks of the Petra Mountains inspired the craft.
Sand art involves various techniques and materials. It is divided into three categories: sand art paintings, bottled sand art and sculpture sand art. Over the years, sand art has become an accepted form of art as evidenced by the various competitions held around the world displaying this aesthetic art.
Kentucky artist Damon Farmer excels at sand sculpting as well as other areas. He is also an accomplished artist in everything from oil and canvas to computer graphic animation. He does much of that work on his farm in rural Woodford County, Kentucky, but the working in the medium for which he is best known requires extensive travel. Farmer travels the world employing the medium of sand to create phenomenal sculptures. His award-winning work in this distinctive and transitory medium has earned him top accolades in cities in Kentucky and as far away as Europe, Mexico, and China.
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