Art Making and Meaning:
Understanding through Questions
Treasures – Care
Question for Understanding
If you were planning to make an artwork, what do you think you could do to make it last longer?
Students recognize threats to the physical condition of artworks.
Students identify ways art professionals care for artworks.
Activity Ideas for All Students
Show the DVD segment, “Treasures,” asking students to learn what they can from the artists to help them take care of their own treasures. Give students practice and feedback by using some or all of the interactive “Treasures” 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 protective measures applies to old and new art.
Students interview adults about things they treasure and how they take care of their treasures. With appropriate precautions, students or adults can bring “treasures” to class and explain why they are treasured and how they are cared for (repaired, stored, transported, etc.)
Discuss a local building, public sculpture, mural, or monument that is endangered or that has been saved from destruction, if possible talking with community members responsible for caring for the building, public sculpture, mural, or monument.
Activity Ideas for Art Students
Complementary Activities from Stories of Art
Supplementary Online Lessons