Art Making and Meaning:
Understanding through Questions
More to See and Touch - Visual and Tactile Features 2
Question for Understanding
If you were planning to make a three-dimensional artwork, how do you suppose you might begin to think about the textures and forms you would use?
Students recognize different types of texture.
Students recognize different types of form in space.
Activity Ideas for All Students
Show the DVD segment, “More to See and Touch,” asking students to watch for real texture, form, and space and for illusions of texture, form, and space. Give students practice and feedback by using some or all of the interactive “More to See and Touch” 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 into three-dimensional features applies to old and new art.
Ask each student to bring a small, interesting, everyday object to class and write a description of its form, surface texture, and interaction with surrounding space. Students should NOT mention color, function, subject matter, or the materials from which the objects are made.
Divide the class into groups and collect each group’s objects in a bag, into which you have previously placed one or two distracting objects (seashell, bolt, electric plug adaptor, rock, feather, small pencil sharpener, or the like). Hand the bag and descriptive cards to another group and instruct the group to display the objects in a row and read each description slowly, word by word, till they can match the descriptions with the objects. Students should black out (so it cannot be read) any reference to color, function, subject matter, or the materials in the descriptions, revise descriptions to make them more specific and accurate, and pass the bag of objects and descriptions on to the next group for matching.
Activity Ideas for Art Students
Complementary Activities from Stories of Art
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