Fine arts, language, social interaction

To have children discover how art can be an effective vehicle for promoting environmental concerns, mobilizing a group and communicating values.

• To develop children’s awareness of the role of nature
   in our daily lives
• To generate environmental awareness among children,
   showing them how we can safeguard our surroundings
   and benefit from nature without destroying it
• To develop awareness of our responsibilities toward the planet
   and how we can integrate these responsibilities into our
   day-to-day lives by changing our behaviour, that of our families
   and others, and ultimately our children and future generations
• To complete a compelling project
  Image de Illusion

Create a media image that condemns noise pollution.
Appreciate art — understand images, decode messages

Develop and use creativity
Associate images to emotions, feelings or sensations
Develop critical thinking
Communicate appropriately through art
Develop a sense of identity

Preliminary activity #3: Learning about noise pollution

Participants view the animated film Illusion?

Group discussion
Can you describe what, for you, constitutes
   a healthy and peaceful environment?
Can you name different kinds of pollution?
   (air, water, noise)
Can you give me some examples of air pollution?
Can you give me some examples of water
Have you ever heard of noise pollution?
The workshop leader can consult the information backgrounder on noise pollution.
Backgrounder on noise pollution

Exploratory map
In the middle of the chalkboard or on a large sheet of paper, the workshop leader writes the words NOISE POLLUTION.

• The children take turns listing things that contribute to noise pollution (e.g. yelling,
   vehicle engines, car horns, ventilators, etc.), which the workshop leader lists
   on the exploratory map.
• For each item named, the child describes the circumstances under which this item
   becomes polluting, and imitates the sound produced by the polluting item.
• The workshop leader writes the associated noises beside each polluting item.
              - What are the consequences of noise pollution on nature?
              - Is there any noise pollution around you? Identify it.

Investigating noise pollution
Can you hear noise pollution around you? Identify the sources of this noise pollution.
Ask people around you what kinds of noise they find disturbing, annoying or distracting.

Brainstorming session
Describe sources of noise pollution
Circumstances: when was I in contact with the source?
Nuisance or disturbance: how does it disturb me?
Proposed solution
Benefits of creating calm

Activity #3: Create a poster condemning noise pollution

Watch Frédéric Back’s film again, listening attentively to the sources of noise pollution or annoying sounds, then identify them together.

Activity introduction

A) After investigating noise pollution, you can conduct a similar inquiry into calm and silence.
• Do you know of any calm places? (indoor or outdoor). Can you describe them?
• Here are a few images that make me feel calm. Do you agree with me? Explain why.

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Images qui inspirent le calme ou le bruit

B) Onomatopoeia?
• Where do you ever see written sounds? (cartoon, animated film)

On our exploratory map, we noted down different kinds of noises. What do we call words that imitate the sound they describe? (Answer: onomatopoeia)

Here are a few examples:
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C) Expressive writing
Onomatopoeia or “sound-words” are always more visually interesting when treated as though they were images: i.e. by making them look three dimensional, decorating them, embellishing them, combining different styles, and laying them out interestingly.

Here are some examples of expressive writing:

- Create a poster that criticizes noise pollution and proposes a solution.
- Your poster needs to include a slogan (a short message in expressive writing).

Acrylic paint or gouache, brushes, recycled Bristol board, oil pastels, permanent markers

Once you’ve completed your investigation of noise pollution, do the same for peace and silence.
Paint a landscape or scene that inspires calm.

• Paint a landscape or scene that inspires calm.
• Use pastel rather than bright colours.
• Scenes of nature are generally calming: you can take inspiration from them.
• When your painting is dry, imagine what sorts of things could disrupt the calm
   of your environment.

Visualization: close your eyes and imagine that you’ve entered your drawing. There you are, enjoying the peaceful surroundings, when suddenly…

Using markers and/or oil pastels, introduce this disturbing element into your drawing.
You can add sound-words to help viewers ‘hear’ the noise.


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