SchoolArts Magazine

OCT 2010

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Commemoration Looking & Learning Create Elementary Have students compare and contrast Stan Herd's artwork with the portraits of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who used fruits, vegetables, books, and animals to represent the human form. Both artists used everyday materials in unique ways to capture the essence of the people they chose to commemorate. Have students create a portrait by using or depicting unusual materials. Introduce possible materials and lead an open-ended discussion on how students might use them. Remind students to consider color, texture, and variety in their designs. Use natural materials, found objects, texture rubbings, magazine photographs, or other engaging materials to create two-dimensional or relief portraits. Middle School Have students list local events, cultural customs, landmarks, or heroes they could publicly honor. Brainstorm and sketch ideas for a symbolic commemorative artwork. Suggest that they incorporate humor in the spirit of Red Grooms, or incorporate traditional motifs like Wade Baker or Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. Have students engage in research about their local history and create an informational card about their selection, along with reasons for introducing it to the public. They can also incorporate symbols that represent their featured person or event. Demonstrate the use of three-dimensional materials to create their artwork. Remind students that their audience might be residents who are aware of local history, but also could be visitors who might not know much about the region. Discuss appropriate locations for their artworks. of the symbols used throughout the Oklahoma City National Memorial, explain that they should consider symbolic elements that will evoke strong emotions in viewers. The designs might be drawn on illustration board, or students can choose to use computer programs to create their plans. Students might even choose to create three-dimensional models. Have students propose specific sites for their artworks. CREDITS Developed by the Kutztown University Looking and Learning team, with Dr. Marilyn Stewart and graduate students Amy Ahn, Zoe DeHart, Amanda Deibert, Cassie Langan, Jennifer Low, Ellen Pados, and Katherine Schneider. Lead author, Zoe DeHart teaches art at two sixth-grade gateway schools—Communication and Technology Gateway and Agriculture, Science and Ecology Gateway—in the Reading, Pennsylvania School District. Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Take Off, 2009. Thunderbird winter sports arena at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Gold, copper, steel, zinc, and acrylic, 26' (8 m) high. Photo: Christopher Fadden. Courtesy the artist. High School Have students create a plan for a public commemorative artwork. Suggest that they first make lists of events and topics that are important to them. Consider local or global events as reported in the media; for instance, the oil spill in the Gulf Coast; or events taking place locally, like new schools being built. Have students create design plans for their artworks and consider appropriate sites. After reminding them Resources Additional Digital Images Aboriginal art at the 2010 Olympics: youtube.com/watch?v=cIJ3Jkz4CZA www.davisartimages.com/lookingandlearning Oklahoma City National Memorial: oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org Stan Herd: millermeiers.com/stanherd/bio.html Wade Baker and Vancouver Olympics artworks: Skyspiritstudio.com vancouver2010.com/olympic-news/aboriginal-art-atvancouver-2010-venues_172970lS.html Tennessee Fox Trot Carousel: wnpt.org/productions/carousel/index.html Giuseppe Arcimboldo: abcgallery.com/A/arcimboldo/arcimboldo.html Preston Singeltary, Eagle Hat, 2003. Blown glass, sandblasting. Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence. Visit the Davis Art Images website for ten additional fine-art digital images to support the concepts discussed in Looking and Learning.

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