|Visual Worlds – Artworlds
Question for Understanding
Art Making Question
What training, traditions, movements and expectations surround the maker?
If you were making an artwork, could you use any art training or knowledge you already have?
Students identify features of their local artworld.
Activity Ideas for All Student
Explain that at some time or other, most people involved in art get together to share activities and ideas. Show the DVD segment, “Visual Worlds,” asking students to take note of the art specialists, art places, and special art events mentioned by the artists. Give students practice and feedback by using some or all of the interactive “Visual Worlds” 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 artworlds applies to old and new art.
Ask students to identify nearby art museums, galleries, art supply shops, community art programs, crafts fairs and other important art locations, if possible in advance of a visit to that location. They should investigate the history of an artworld organization or institution seeking information about its mission and the range of expertise of people who work there.
Activity Ideas for Art Students
If possible schedule a class visit with a member of the local artworld (artist, art historian, art critic, art teacher, craftsperson, etc.). Encourage students to ask questions about how s/he gained skills and knowledge in art and how and where s/he interacts with other members of the artworld. Ask students to speculate about the advantages and challenges in various careers in the artworld.
Complementary Activities from Stories of Art
A K-12 curriculum resource from CRIZMAC
The theme, When Cultures Meet, is based on “A New Home,” a story of a rootless young man who finds direction by learning skills and knowledge from an art expert.
Supplementary Online Lessons
“Celebrating Excellence in Ceramics” – Lesson One: Beyond Preference