Animal/Object Transformations

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Animal/Object Transformations




The concept of fantasy can lead the learner in many different directions, both as a way to problem solve and to discover new possibilities of creation. In this particular unit, learners will discuss fantasy as a way of expressing creativity and imagined beings. Learners will discuss the function of several objects and the anatomy of various animal species in preparation for their ceramic sculpture. Learners will randomly choose one animal and one object to transform into one sculpture. The learners will have to use creative problem solving strategies to figure out an interesting way to combine two unlikely things.


Kara Luke


-Karl L. Muller, Pitcher, 1880; CMA 2010.5
-Edgar Alexander McKillop, Kangaroo, 1930; CMA 1975.42
-Nagakura Kenichi, Snail, 2006; CMA 2007.15.1
-Laurie Simmons, Food, Clothing, Shelter, 1996; CMA 1997.5.1-3


Handheld Art


Columbia Museum of Art

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20 classes


Visual Arts Standards:
III. The student will examine the content of works of visual art and use elements from them in creating his or her own works.
VI. The student will make connections between the visual arts and other arts disciplines, other content areas, and the world.

Integrated CCSS:
Standard B-5: The student will demonstrate an understanding of biological evolution and the diversity of life.


The learner will:
1. Discuss fantasy and problem solving as a way to discover the improbable.
2. Discuss CMA artist exemplars and how they relate to form, function, and fantasy thinking.
3. Choose animal and object to be combined into a sculpture.
4. Create a fantasy sculpture exploring the unique qualities and forms of both an animal and object.


Paper, pencil, computers, earthenware clay, ceramic sculpting tools, spray bottle, wooden boards, plastic bags

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