LESSON RESOURCE: stuff & nonsense
“Since the tubes of paint used by the artist are manufactured and ready made products we must conclude that all the paintings in the world are 'readymades aided' and also works of assemblage.” MARCEL DUCHAMP
This resource is in support of Threshold Concept 7: Art is not fixed in meaning; context is everything You can read the 'big ideas' relating to this concept here. It also links most directly to TC#3. The insights and activities are aimed at KS4 students but are easily adaptable for other age groups.
This project takes the broad theme of 'objects' as a starting point. It is being written and published in stages here.
The first part considers natural forms, as subject matter and material matter - the very 'stuff' from which art originates, shaping its tools, pigments, surfaces, forms and features.
IN THE ARTROOM
Click on the slideshow below to view the introductory slides to this project. Use these slides to help you develop your thinking and research around this theme.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
Practical ideas for the classroom
WE ARE INCREASINGLY separated from contact with nature. we have come to forget that our minds are shaped by the bodily experience of being in the world - its spaces, textures, sounds, smells and habits [...] we are literally 'losing touch', becoming disembodied, more than in Any historical period before ours.
The following texts have been chosen to promote wider contextual study. Students should consider the author's intentions, their chosen writing style, and how the texts combine research and historical facts alongside personal insights and opinions.