Lisa Friedrich – Pyrotechnic Artist


Objectives: Lisa Friedrich uses fire, gunpowder and smoke to create cityscapes of her hometown. Discuss traditional definitions of fine art and how that concept can be broadened.

Tools/Resources: Available unconventional painting materials, (ex. tea, coffee, powered drink mix), brushes, paper.

***This artist is a trained professional. Do not try to recreate her process in any way.


1) Watch the segment and discuss:

a. How does Friedrich challenge traditional methods of creating “fine art?”
b. Do you consider what she does art?
c. What does or does not make something art?

2) Using unconventional materials create your own cityscape or representation of your home.

a. What are the challenges and benefits of working with unconventional materials?
b. What was the most surprising part of the process?

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