Art Making and Meaning:
Understanding through Questions
|The Days of Our Lives – Artists’ Lives
Question for Understanding
If you were thinking about making an artwork, do you think you might get ideas from your own personal or family experiences? If so, what experiences?
Students identify major events in artists’ lives.
Activity Ideas for All Students
Show the DVD segment, “The Days of Our Lives,” asking students to listen for significant events in the lives of the artists. Give students practice and feedback by using some or all of the interactive “The Days of Our Lives” CD activities, which you can project for an entire class or which individual students can view in a computer lab. Students can use the CD to 1) review what they learned on the DVD, 2) apply what they learned to their everyday visual world, and 3) recognize how inquiry about the personal lives and backgrounds applies to artists from the past and living today.
Help students identify a prominent artist to investigate on the Internet, such as Betye Saar, John Biggers, Carmen Lomas Garza, Luis Jiménez, Isamo Noguchi, Huang Liu, Maria Martinez, Fritz Scholder, Mary Cassatt, or Vincent Van Gogh. Students should look for basic biographical facts such as birth date and place, death date and place, family, travel, education, etc. Ask students to identify how the lives of these artists may have influenced their art.
Activity Ideas for Art Students
Complementary Activities from Stories of Art
Supplementary Online Lessons