Remembrance Reliquaries

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Remembrance Reliquaries




Learners will discuss personal relationships and the special objects we have that remind us of these relationships. Learners and the teacher will discuss why these objects hold significance above other objects we use every day. Learners will discuss personal histories and the significance of time capsules. Each learner will create a list of ten objects they would include in their own time capsule and why. They will share their lists with peers. Learners will narrow down their list to the most personally meaningful object in which they are able to bring to school. After viewing Cassone and Wedding Vase from the CMA, learners will design a shrine or reliquary to immortalize or house their chosen object. Each learner will have the opportunity to work with clay, wood, wire, and Styrofoam in building their structures in-the-round. The learners will defend their choices of material and design in a self-critique and reflection.


Kara Luke


-Unidentified Italian Artisan, Cassone (wedding chest), 1550; CMA 1959.29
-Sara Ayers, Wedding Vase, 1980; CMA 2010.8.1


Handheld Art


Columbia Museum of Art

Unit Plan Item Type Metadata


21 classes


Visual Arts Standards:
Standard H1-II The student will use knowledge of composition and the elements and principles of design to communicate ideas.
Standard H1-V The student will analyze and assess the characteristics and qualities of their artworks and the artworks of others.

Integrated CCSS:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.


The learner will:
1. Discuss with teacher and peers the importance certain objects have in regards to relationships and memories.
2. Create a list of the ten most important objects to include in a personal time capsule, and share reasons why these particular items were picked.
3. Create a shrine or reliquary that houses the most important item from list.
4. Share the relationship significance the sculpture embodies in a self-reflection.


pencils, paper, clay, wire, wood, Styrofoam, glue, plaster putty, India ink, paint, shoe polish, pliers, jigsaw, wood glue, spray-paint

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