- Describe how hydroponics can be transformed into art
- Identify potential locations for living walls in their community
Ask a foodie if there is such a thing as edible art and you will get a resounding “Yes!” and rightfully so. Chefs have long been considered artists in their own right, creating plates that are so beautiful you almost feel guilty taking the first bite.
But edible art doesn’t have to live on the canvas that is the plate. Restaurants have begun expressing their artistic side through design with edible walls and that trend is now extending well beyond the confines of the interior. Hydroponics makes it possible to create living walls, now called farm walls thanks to Bright Agrotech, almost anywhere that power and water are available. Cities across the globe have green roofs, farm walls, and living mosaics that are redefining the character of urban life and sparking interest in an entirely new edible landscape.
Food is not only evolving as a medium for artistic expression but the art itself is fostering a hope for freedom, food freedom for urban areas that were once considered food deserts.
Tools & Materials
- Construction paper in assorted colors
- 4’x6’ foam board
- Living walls
Introduction (10 minutes)
Begin the lesson by reviewing the Edible Art photos with the class. Explain the importance of a display at the World Fair and the significance it had for the US, Wyoming, and Laramie based Bright Agrotech. The advancement that installation represents for hydroponics and agriculture at large is unparalleled.
Activity (20 minutes)
Print the fruit and vegetable silhouettes on construction paper of the appropriate color (orange for carrots, red for apples, etc.). Cut out enough of each color to collectively cover a 4’x6’ foam board, and give the Students the freedom to create a collaborative work of edible-inspired art.
Discussion (10 minutes)
What other ways can food or plants be used to create art?
Assessment (5 minutes)
Use the following questions to assess the Students before and after the lesson. Tally the responses of the group in the Assessment Tracking Log for comparison:
- By a show of hands, how many of you think food can be art?
- Now that you’ve created a work of art from food, how many of you think we should have more food-inspired art in the world?
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