Virtual/Perfect: Utopia, Virtual Spaces, and Avatars

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Title

Virtual/Perfect: Utopia, Virtual Spaces, and Avatars

Subject

Utopia

Description

It has long been the trope of visual artists to envision near-perfect communities or environments somehow different from the ones that we actually inhabit, whether an encounter with nature in a sterile office space in Skoglund’s A Breeze at Work or Bellows’ idyllic pastoral landscape. In this unit, learners will discuss artists’ renderings of utopia, making comparisons between the traditions of creating and visually representing utopia and desires to occupy virtual spaces and avatar creation in the 21st century.

Creator

Courtnie Wolfgang

Source

1994.20 Sandy Skoglund, A Breeze at Work (1987)
1997.10 Albert Fitch Bellows, The River Bank (1861)

Publisher

Handheld Art

Contributor

Columbia Museum of Art

Unit Plan Item Type Metadata

Duration

8 classes

Standards

Media Arts Standards:
MA6, 7, 8-4.2 Analyze and describe the relationship between the media arts and other arts disciplines and other content areas.
MA6, 7, 8-6.1 Analyze and describe human, cultural, and societal issues related to the media arts and the use of technology.
MA6, 7, 8-6.2 Practice legal and ethical behavior in the media arts and the use of technology.
MA6, 7, 8-5.3 Analyze and describe characteristics of the media arts that exist across time and among diverse cultural and ethnic groups.

Integrated CCSS:
Civic Ideals and Practices

Objectives

Learners will develop working definitions of utopia based on prior knowledge, visual and literary accounts of utopia, and exploratory discussions.

Learners will investigate their own desires to inhabit and perform in virtual spaces and the creation of avatars through social media, gaming, etc.

Learners will use traditional and digital media to create collaborative works of art that investigate notions of utopia in the 21st century.

Materials

iPads, tablets, computers, or Smartphones
Paper
Drawing media
Paint (acrylic, tempera, and/or watercolor)

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