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Why Do Art?

Cathy McIntyre
Okaloosa County Schools

Description

Does art have a purpose, or is it just a leisure time activity? After understanding the multiple purposes for creating works of art by fine artists, designers and craftspeople, students distinguish examples of each occupation.

Objectives

The student understands and distinguishes multiple purposes for creating works of art.

Materials

-The textbook
Brommer, Gerald F., and George F. Horn. [Art in Your World, Second Edition], Chapter Two. Worcester, Massachusetts: Davis Publications, Inc., 1985. (This is a textbook that art teachers may have. If not, teachers may need to look at the text references they have and find the section that addresses the purposes of art.)
-12 examples and/or copies of works of art by fine artists, designers, and craftspeople. These can include pictures from magazines, books, and copyright clear educational resource web sites.
-Rubric for report (See Associated File)
-What is the Purpose of this Work of Art? (See Associated File)
-Computer or computers with Internet connection
-LCD Projector

Preparations

1. Teachers use a copy of the textbook to reference the information in Chapter Two. This chapter covers the purposes of art, including fine artists, designers, and craftspeople. This text can also be used by students if available to them.
2. If the teacher chooses to prepare handouts of the information from the textbook, these will need to be prepared in advance to give to the students.
3. If only one computer is available, the teacher will need to connect it to a LCD projector and set it up where the students can see the web sites being projected. (Ideally, each student would have access to a computer with Internet connection.)
4. Secure Internet connection to access the web sites.
5. Make student copies of the rubric.
6. Place twelve examples and/or copies of works of art by fine artists, designers, and craftspeople placed where the students can easily view them.
7. Prepare twelve numbered tags to place on each example or copy of the works of art.
8. Make copies of the attached file: What is the Purpose of this Work of Art? for each student.

Procedures

Day 1:
1. Review Chapter Two: "Why Artists Create" from the suggested textbook. (See Materials List.) This chapter presents the purposes and gives examples of art created by fine artists, designers, and craftspeople. (If students do not have access to the text, they will need to take notes of the information covered, or the teacher may choose to prepare a handout with the information.)

2. Encourage students to discuss the purposes of art. Give verbal formative feedback.

3. View Websites to see more examples of work by fine artists. Lead a discussion of the purposes of the art works found on the Websites. (See Weblinks.)

Day 2:
4. View Websites to see more examples of artwork by designers and craftspeople.

5. Give students a copy of the rubric from the associated files. Discuss the rubric with the students and answer any questions.

6. Students write their report.

Day 3:
7. Place twelve examples and/or copies of works of art by fine artists, designers, and craftspeople where students can view them.

8. Number the examples and/or copies of works of art by fine artists, designers, and craftspeople to match with the numbered blanks on the copies of the associated file: What is the Purpose of this Work of Art?

9. Provide each student with a copy of the associated file: What is the Purpose of this Work of Art?

10. Students view the examples and/or copies of works of art and identify if a fine artist, designer, or craftsperson created it.

11. Give written formative feedback on the studentsí activity sheets.

Assessments

Evidence:
1. Students write a report about the purpose of works of art created by fine artists, designers, and craftspeople.
2. Students identify works of art created by fine artists, designers, and craftspeople when shown examples of various works of art.

Use the attached rubric to formatively assess each student's report for accuracy of purpose.

Criteria:
1. The report describes the purposes of creating works of art by fine artists, designers, or craftspeople.
2. Students recognize and correctly label various examples of works of art created by fine artists, designers, and craftspeople.

Extensions

1. Students create their own representation of a work of art created by a fine artist, designer, or craftsperson and will display it in the class.

Web Links

Designers 6-8 grade This page from Artcyclopedia details the art of Designers from the 1600's to the present day.
Artists: Designers

Crafts 6-8 grade This part of Artcyclopedia concentrates on the 19th century style called the Arts and Crafts Movement. The Arts and Crafts Movement was a celebration of individual craftsmanship and design, which developed as a reaction against transformation of Britain during the industrial revolution. William Morris, who spearheaded the movement, is particularly remembered as a book designer. He also produced textiles, stained glass, and wallpaper - in addition to being a painter and writer.
Artists: Arts and Crafts

Fine Arts 6-8 grade Choose a tour by school or medium and explore the National Gallery's collections of painting, sculpture, decorative arts, and graphic arts.
Artists: Fine Arts

Attached Files

Rubric for Your Report†††††File Extension: pdf

What is the Purpose of this Work of Art?†††††File Extension: pdf

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