Green Art in Egyptian Visual Art as Approach to Mental and Physical Health: Nubian Art as Example

By Dina Adel Hassan and Walaa Kassem.

Published by The International Journal of Arts Education

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Green artists are mindful of the consequences of their actions and their effects on the environment. They use safe, healthy, raw, or recycled materials and tools to produce sustainable works. Through the use of symbols, concepts, and sometimes color, they maximize the role of the arts in the environment and help maintain the physical and mental health of the individual. Nubian art, an example of primitive and green art, utilizes local concepts to contribute to daily social life and lifestyle balance, creatively using raw materials, tools, and sustainable techniques to improve the mental and physical health of artists, to enhance social responsibility, and to comment on social, cultural, and environmental issues. This paper addresses the general concept of green art and also discusses the role green art played in an art workshop that aimed to raise environmental awareness and inspired Nubian art as an approach to balance everyday mental and physical health among high school students in a public school in Alexandria, Egypt.

Keywords: Environmental Art, Green Art, Nubian art

The International Journal of Arts Education, Volume 9, Issue 3-4, March 2015, pp.11-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.007MB).

Dr. Dina Adel Hassan

Associate Professor, Art Education, Faculty of Specific Education - Alexandria University -Egypt, Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt

Dr. Walaa Kassem

Lecturer and Director of Quality Assurance Unit, Department of Art Education, Faculty of Spacific Education, Alexandria Univerisity, Alexandria, Egypt