AWE: Art, Wonder, Earth - An exhibit of children's literature and student artwork
Dr. Andrea Guillaume, Professor in the Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education and Coordinator for the SchoolsFirst Center for Creativity and Critical Thinking.
Future plans: Pursue multi-subject credentials or single subject art credentials
Interests: I am enthralled with spreading enthusiasm for the arts in youth and using art as a tool to spread awareness and teach. I have a special interest in Eco Art (environmental art)- art that advocates protecting the environment by presenting sustainability ideas and is often created from recycled materials. Victorian era history, outdoor advocacy, gardening, and travel are a few other interests I hold.
Why were you inspired to create the AWE: Art, Wonder, Earth exhibit?:
I am part of CSUF’s Honor’s Program which requires a Senior Honor’s Project- a research project that will help reflect a summary of my undergraduate years and best work. Brainstorming research topics in correlation to my passions and major, I decided to focus my research topic theme on the three things I care about most: Nature, Art, and Youth. Having a sister 10 years younger than I, and observing generational differences in regards to her increase in technology use and more limited daily interaction to the outdoors helped reinforce my decision. Thus Art Wonder Earth (AWE) was conceived- research that explores modern-day youth’s interaction and thoughts towards the outdoors, the creativity nature inspires, and how eco art-inspired project can aid in instilling enthusiasm for the natural world in the younger generations.