Commemoration Looking & Learning
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.
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
Aboriginal art at the 2010 Olympics:
Oklahoma City National Memorial:
Stan Herd: millermeiers.com/stanherd/bio.html
Wade Baker and Vancouver Olympics artworks:
Tennessee Fox Trot Carousel:
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.
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.
Additional Digital Images Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Take Off, 2009. Thunderbird winter sports arena t the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Gold, copper, steel, zinc, and acrylic, 26' ( 8 m) high. Photo: Christopher Fadden. Courtesy the artist.
Visit the Davis Art Images website for ten
additional fine-art digital images to support
the concepts discussed in Looking and Learning.
Preston Singeltary, Eagle Hat,
2003. Blown glass, sandblasting.
Spencer Museum of Art,
University of Kansas, Lawrence.