It's Icing on the Cake

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It's Icing on the Cake




It was popular when I was in elementary school to throw your birthday party at the local skating rink. Listening to the music, talking with friends, and feeling the wheels over the carpet as you rolled from the rink into the arcade. Despite all of the fun and excitement, the number one question on everyone’s mind, adults and children alike, was “When is it time for cake?” What would a birthday party be without the cake or presents? What could Christmas be like if you didn’t gather around the Christmas tree with your family. What would a graduation be without the cap and gown? Or a Super Bowl party without a football? In this unit, learners will study the various materials and objects that play a role in celebrations. Learners will choose a material/object often used or seen in celebrations and will create an assemblage using both found and hand-made objects.


Molly D. Chance


1. CMA 1953.37
2. CMA 1997.6
- Revolving Luncheon Tray, Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, original design 1849; shown example executed in 1878, tin-glazed earthenware


Handheld Art


Columbia Museum of Art

Unit Plan Item Type Metadata


10 classes


Visual Arts Standards:
1. VA3-1.3 Use and combine a variety of materials, techniques, and processes to create works of visual art.
2. VA3-3.2 Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning through his or her artworks.
3. VA3-4.1 Identify and discuss specific works of visual art created by artists from South Carolina as belonging to a particular time, culture, and place.

Integrated CCSS:
1. 3-5.2 Use appropriate tools and units to measure objects to the nearest unit: length, liquid volume, weight.


1. The learner will clearly and specifically describe objects associated with celebrations.
2. The learner will create a life-sized object using cardboard, utilizing correct proportions and reflecting a chosen celebration.
3. The learner will use their cardboard object to create an assemblage reflecting on objects and symbols that make their chose celebration personally meaningful.
4. The learner will participate in both a self and group critique reflecting on how their image visually represents celebration.


- Cardboard
- Scissors
- Tacky Glue
- Polymer clay
- Pencils and erasers
- Acrylic paint
- Paintbrushes
- Paper towels
- Paint palettes
- Toaster Oven

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