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Lesson Plans

Re: Functions?

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Fri, 30 Jan 1998 17:26:02 EST

The book_Art is Elementary has a section on the 5 basic functions of art.
Split the class up into small for each function. Get out a bunch
of old magazines and have each group find all of the examples they can of
their given function. Lots of discussion happens...debates about where some
examples should actually go. End result is a collection of collages (BIG
paper) to hang up telling the whole school community about the basic reasons
for art. If memory serves me well, the reasons for art are historical,
religious or philosophical, decorative, utilitarian, self-expression and we
added one of our own, persuasion, so that we could include advertising. I did
this for fifth grade but don't really see why it can't be done with older

When I was beginning teaching in 1980 and had no set art curriculum before me
at my school, the above mentioned book was invaluable. By the way, Art is
Elementary was suggested to me in 1980 by Dr. David Burton from Virginia
Commonwealth University. Coincidence!!