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LINES IN THE SAND

FILM GUIDE

Lines in the Sand is the third part of an Encinitas Trilogy.

The Encinitas Trilogy is a portrait of people who make a real difference in the life of their community. Each of these videos documents a moment in our shared social history, a fragment of our collective memory in a time of complex challenges and rapid change. Edmund's Island is a portrait of a homeless news hawker--- an angel to his customers. Families and Flowers is the story of growers whose nurseries (and way-of-life) are shadowed by their neighbors' million dollar homes.

In Lines in the Sand tidal artist Kirk Van Allyn etches a sacred space with only ephemeral sand drawings. Lines in the Sand is both a mediation, a portrait of an artist at work, an introduction to environmental art.


Curriculum suggestions
Lines in the Sand can provide a catalyst and inspiration in art classes at all levels, and can serve as an example for student video classes learning about the potential for creating video documentaries of their own.

Discussion Questions
What is environmental art? Earth art? How is this different from art found in museums and galleries?

Do you know any artists in your community? What kind of work do they do? Would they lend you a photo or slide of their work to share with the class?

How does the addition of music change our experience of visual art?

What is the difference between watching a video of Kirk�s work and being on the beach while he is creating?


Suggested Projects
Students can adapt found objects to create simple tools for drawing patterns in the sand.

Use Google images to find pictures of natural objects (leaves, flowers, stones etc.). Use these images to create a layered collage digitally, or print them out and add actual rather than virtual found objects.

LINKS

Learn about Labyrinths

Labyrinths, Mazes & Geometric Symbols

Environmental Art

Prayer and Labyrinths

Earth Art

Andy Goldsworthy is an environmental artist whose work has many similarities to Kirk's.

Contact the artist Kirk Van Allyn

David Gordon's orginal sound track for Lines in the Sand
is included on Perfect Balance Musical Healing Vol. 2

ARCHIVES

Mark Freeman Papers, University Archives, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Special Collections may be contacted via telephone (619-594-6791), fax (619-594-0466) or email scref@rohan.sdsu.edu. Our website address is Mark Freeman Papers, 1997-2008

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