Magnifying Materialism

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Magnifying Materialism




Learners will discuss the idea of materialism through the objects we hold dear to our hearts; objects we cannot live without; objects that serve as a vice, hold a significant memory, or shape us into who we are. In groups of 5, learners will collaborate and construct a sculpture of an object that is magnified at least 10X its original size. The larger than life sculpture will showcase the objects significance in the daily lives of our learners.


Kara Luke


-Laurie Simmons, Food, Clothing, Shelter, 1996; CMA 1997.5.1-3
-Michael Sherrill, Iron Maiden Teapot, 1995; CMA 1995.12


Handheld Art


Columbia Museum of Art

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16 classes


Visual Arts Standards:
IV. The student will understand the visual arts in relation to history and world cultures and the technologies, tools, and materials used by artists.
VI. The student will make connections between the visual arts and other arts disciplines, other content areas, and the world.

Integrated CCSS:
CCSS.Math.Content.HSG-GMD.A.3 Use volume formulas for cylinders, pyramids, cones, and spheres to solve problems.


The learner will:
1. Discuss the importance of objects in our lives, what they mean, and how it relates to materialism in our society. They will view CMA artworks as well as works during the Pop Art Movement.
2. Collaborate with other learners and choose one object to immortalize/show case as a magnified sculpture for our modern American world.
3. Build the sculpture as a group, magnifying the sculpture at least 10X it’s actual size.


*varied depending on objects chosen by learners
-cardboard, fabric, glue, scissors, plaster wrap, wire, paint, Styrofoam, etc.

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