Students will look at decorations and details of a late 19th century cabinet and imagine the life and times of the family who owned it by researching events during this time period. Students will write imaginary letters to a family member based on historical information they research from this time period.
Students will critically examine and discuss the image of St. Ferdinand, King of Spain, then analyze and interpret it as a historical source for information as well as an important and impressive work of art. Students will consider how the artist and the patron who commissioned its creation influenced this sculpture, and generate a list of questions about the artwork.
Students will observe the Black Raku Tea Bowl for characteristics of wabi sabi, an aesthetic ideal of beauty. Students will then create a haiku poem about a simple, yet elegant item.
Students will critically examine and discuss the Vase with Palace Scene and use clues they find about the object, as well as researched information, to create web maps that show their findings. Student will gain an appreciation for the importance of chocolate in Maya society.
Students will examine the artistic characteristics of the sculpture Spiritual Messenger, learn about the biogeographical journey of the artist, and write a creative short story that incorporates the sculpture.
Students will use visual critique skills to analyze and discuss the image of the Vase with Palace Scene. They will pay particular attention to the use of Maya cultural symbols and design in the decoration. Students will develop sketches and a plan to create their own cup or mug with designs inspired by the Maya.
Students will use visual critique skills to analyze and discuss the Eleven-Headed Bodhisattva of Compassion. They will then work in groups to create a multi-media assemblage work of art that visually conveys a chosen emotion.
Students will critically examine and discuss the image of the Warrior Figure with Trophy Head. They will then discuss and view how modern leaders and persons of power are depicted and note the similarities and difference of how power is represented across time and culture.
Students will critically examine and discuss the image of the Dish with the Eight Buddhist Emblems. They will then fill out a Cornell note-taking template to record symbols and interpretations about time, place, and culture attained from reading signs found on the art object.
Students will observe and visually critique the image of the Garden Party on the Terrace of a Country Home. Students will create a group tableau of a modern version of the painting and photographically record the results for possible later use as a mural or screen.
Students will examine and discuss the Stela and note that it is an artifact that tells us a story about a powerful Maya ruler. Students will create a symbolic representation of their own personal story, recording how they wish to be remembered. This design will be carved in bas-relief on a clay slab.
Students will explore the significance of the illustrations on the Maya Vase with Palace Scene, then write a short creative or personal story in which the theme of gift giving plays a prominent role.