Around 6,000 people are waiting for organ or tissue transplant in the UK and on average three people die a day in need of a transplant because there are not enough organ donors. One donor can save or transform up to nine lives.
The Gift of Life sculpture at Ysbyty Gwynedd celebrates the gift of organ donation by donors and their families. It also celebrates the possibility of extended or better quality of life for the recipient. What do you know about this important issue? Why did the hospital think it was so important that it needed to be celebrated in a sculpture? This lesson plan will tell you more.
Key Stage:KS3-4 PSHE & KS3&4 Art and Design
Overview:This lesson can be used:
-to increase knowledge of how organ and tissue donation saves and improves lives
-to start a sculpture project
-to develop writing skills and to develop ideas
-to gain an understanding of the public art commissioning process
-to gain an understanding of an artists brief
Interview with Organ Donation Nurse
Abi is an organ donation nurse at a hospital in North Wales and she was involved in the commissioning of a sculpture to celebrate organ donors and their families. We might have heard of kidney and heart transplants but what else can doctors transplant and what can we do to help?
Organ donation quiz..the questions
organdonation.nhs.uk have produced a quiz to test your knowledge of organ donation. It is just 11 quick questions some of which are answered on this page or in the video, others you will just know. Try it now and see how you get on.
Download nhs quiz questions.pdf
Organ donation quiz..the answers
If you scored less than 5 in the organdonation.nhs.uk quiz then you really need to find out more by going to their website FAQs now. If you scored 5-8 we think your knowledge could be improved but at least you know enough to get by. If you scored 8-11 take a bow.
Download nhs quiz answers.pdf
Abi was a member of the Organ Donation Committee at Ysbyty Gwynedd who decided they wanted to commission a sculpture for the hospital to celebrate organ donation. Is the sculpture a memorial or is it to improve the environment or both. Watch the film and see what you think
Discuss the importance of the Ysbyty Gwynedd sculpture and working in small groups decide what you might commemorate in your area. Now write an artists brief for a sculpture to celebrate the person or issues that is important to you. The artists brief should be about half a page long and set out your vision for the sculpture. This should include what it will celebrate and the size and any special conditions you might add. For example in the hospital one of the conditions was that the sculpture should be easy to clean.
Classroom Activity cont
Now check your artists brief against this checklist and see how many of the key elements you have managed to include. Feel free to revise your artists brief as you go down the checklist.
Download The brief.pdf