Illustration of a field of lughtbulbs—some lit, some not.

Pensamiento de diseño

Los artistas resuelven problemas

Design is endlessly trying, refining, improving until slowly something begins to emerge that is so ingenious that it looks like magic if you don’t know what went on before: that’s what evolution does.

– Designer, Joris Laarman

Design is all around us, whether it takes the form of objects and spaces, images and interactions, or systems and processes. Beyond meeting a need, design can experiment with forms, techniques, or materials to be an expression of a concept or beauty.

In this Web Quest, you will explore notions of design and learn about a creative problem-solving process called Design thinking. How do artists solve problems? Use these activities and videos at home, online, or in the classroom to spark curiosity, conversation, and critical thinking.

Web Quest includes:

  • A scavenger hunt activity, where students identify how objects in the Denver Art Museum collection speak to both aesthetics and function
  • A lesson plan inspired by Basket Chair (includes two videos, a facilitator’s guide and supportive materials for kids to dive into dive into design related concepts)

Print out this scavenger hunt or insert it into the learning management system of your choice to create an interactive activity prompting kids to look closely at the artworks found in the object gallery below.

El DAM estableció los Recursos creativos gracias a una generosa donación de la fundación Morgridge Family Foundation. Las actividades presentadas han contado con la financiación de los fondos de la fundación Tuchman Family Foundation, la Freeman Foundation, la Virginia W. Hill Foundation, la Sidney E. Frank Foundation, el fondo Colorado Fund, Colorado Creative Industries, la fundación Margulf Foundation, la Riverfront Park Community Foundation, Lorraine y Harley Higbie, un donante anónimo, y los residentes que dan su apoyo al Distrito de Organizaciones Científicas y Culturales (SCFD por sus siglas en inglés). Un agradecimiento especial a nuestros colegas del Morgridge College of Education de la Universidad de Denver. El programa Free for Kids en el Denver Art Museum es posible gracias a Scott Reiman, con el apoyo de Bellco Credit Union.