Animal Connections

Relationships Lesson.pdf

Dublin Core


Animal Connections




Learners will explore the varying relationships that they and humankind have with animals by creating a clay animal sculpture that expresses their own views on relationships with animals and by writing a poem or short story. By experiencing this type of art making and study learners will delve deeper into the meaning of relationships in the intimate context but also how they can be used in order to fulfill needs. Animals have been known as human companions, enemies, modes of transportation, food, workers and deities of worship throughout time. Learners will look at how animals exist within their own lives, their community and their world at large and make deeper a deeper connection to the meaning of relationship.


Ginger Henson


Tang Dynasty Camel, 2003.10.3
Joseph Gott, Child & Spaniel, 1996.9
Abduction of Europa, 1990.3.20


Handheld art


Columbia Museum of Art

Unit Plan Item Type Metadata


7 classes


Visual Arts Standards:
VAH3-4.4 Demonstrate visual literacy by deconstructing images in a variety
of contexts.
VAH3-3.2 Analyze and describe the relationships among subject matter,
symbols, and themes in communicating intended meaning in his or her
own artworks and in those of others.
VAH3-1.4 Apply materials, techniques, and processes with skill, confidence, and sensitivity sufficient to make his or her intentions observable in the
artwork that he or she creates.

CCSS Standard:
RI.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.


Learning Outcomes:
-Learners will create a clay animal sculpture that expresses their own views on relationships with animals and write a poem or short story that shows their understanding of human relationships with animals. They will not only explore their own relationships with animals but also those of humankind throughout history to present.
-Learners will understand how relationships are forged and how they can be affected depending on environmental circumstances and/or social expectations.


Clay tools
Kiln or fire-pit
Ceramic Coat Paint(variety colors)
Clear Coat

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