This file is the complete unit on closed form sculpture for a high school art class. It begins with art history, moves to a hands-on project, and then concludes with an exam. It can be used in an introduction to art or art appreciation course, or it could be taught in sculpture/ceramics class.
This zip file package includes PDF files and a PowerPoint:
Closed Form Sculpture Lecture Lesson Plan
Closed Form Sculpture Lecture PowerPoint
Closed Form Sculpture Lecture Notes and Answer Key
Closed Form Ceramic Sculpture Lesson Plan
Closed Form Ceramic Sculpture Rubric
Closed Form Sculpture Test and Answer Key
This PowerPoint presentation teaches students about the concepts iconography and closed form sculpture with the real-world example of Buddhist artwork. Buddhist sculptures also help students practice using iconography because they can identify Buddha in art. To define iconography, the students will practice identifying, describing, and interpreting common and popular culture characters. They will later use that same process when looking at artworks from India, China, Japan, and Tibet.
The lecture explains the importance of cultural diversity and gives the students background information on Siddhartha Gautama’s life as he became the Buddha. There is an overview of Buddhism as well included the Middle Path and 4 Noble Truths. This will help the students understand and appreciate the art they see, and they will complete the note guide during the lecture.
After learning about closed form sculptures, students can plan their own as described in the ceramic sculpture lesson plan. Rubrics for the assignment are included, and the clay sculptures take about 2 weeks, but the length can vary depending on size and detail required.
Finally, there is a test to conclude this unit; the answer key is included.
This work by Klaire Pearson
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