Power of Gargoyles

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Power of Gargoyles




Learners will discuss the concept of power, and how certain objects often represent the strength of a leader or higher order. Learners will view gargoyles and statues used in many different cultures around the world. They will discuss the historical value and context of these sculptures, the many different types of these statues, and how they impact society.


Kara Luke


-Chinese Han Dynasty, Chimera, CMA 2007.3.49
-Chinese Tang Dynasty, Lokapala, CMA 2003.10.17
-Jin/Yuan Dynasty 1115-1368, Seated Dignitary, CMA 2007.3.53


Handheld Art


Columbia Museum of Art

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15 classes


Visual Arts Standards:
Standard H1-III The student will explore prospective content in artworks.
Standard H1-IV
The student will demonstrate competency in their use of the visual arts in relation to history, various cultures, and technologies.

Integrated CCSS:
High School World History Standard:
Standard WG - 1:
The student will demonstrate an understanding of the physical and human characteristics of place, including the creation of regions and the ways that culture and experience influence the perception of place.


1. The learner will identify the significance of creating an object for societal social and ethical issues.
2. The learner will use various ceramic hand-building techniques to create a self-portrait gargoyle using elements of symbolism found in ancient Asian and European sculpture.
3. The learner will form personal aesthetic judgments about student work during informal class discussions and critiques.


Paper, pencils, earthenware clay, ceramic tools, newsprint, wooden boards for in-progress sculptures, plastic bags, water spray bottle, stone spray paint

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