Playing Pretend

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Playing Pretend




Although commonly associated with a childhood activity, all humans both young and old enjoy play. Highly researched, it is believed that play is a key aspect of human development. During development, play is often very personal requiring the use of imagination, which reflects the experiences of the player. Both our personal and social experiences influence how we play. In this unit, learners will analyze the act of play, particularly looking at pretend, an act that highly involves the imagination. Learners will discuss how they practiced playing pretend when they were younger. Learners will choose one personal pretend scenario and will construct a concept map of possible influences for their chosen pretend activity. After the initial planning period, learners will be creating a series of photographs exploring their personal experiences with play and pretend.


Molly D. Chance


1. CMA 1960.24
- Lorenzo Cybo, Captain of the Papal Guards, Parmigianino, 1524-1526, oil on canvas
2. CMA 1993.12.124
- Unidentified Portrait, Richard Samuel Roberts, 1920s, gelatin silver print, posthumously printed from the original glass plate negative
3. CMA 2008.6.16


Handheld Art


Columbia Museum of Art

Unit Plan Item Type Metadata


9 classes


Visual Arts Standards:
1. VA5-3.2 Select and use subject matter, symbols, ideas, and the elements and principles of design to communicate meaning through his or her artwork.
2. VA 5-1.2 Describe ways that different materials, techniques, and processes evoke different responses in one who is creating or viewing artworks.
3. VA5-3.3 Discuss the ways that choices of subject matter, symbols and ideas combine to communicate meaning in his or her works of visual art.

Integrated CCSS:
Language Arts
1. 5-4.1 Use pre-writing strategies such as graphic organizers, brainstorming and literary models.
2. 5-4.7 Integrated expanding vocabulary from reading and listening into writing.
3. 5-5.3 Create reflective writing.
4. 5-6.3 Generate questions from various viewpoints to investigate all aspects of a topic.


1. The learner will discuss the act of play, giving specific clear examples of play and reasons why this activity occurs.
2. The learner will analyze the act of pretending by focusing on his/her own personal experiences and influences by constructing a concept map.
3. The learner will create a series of photographs exploring personal scenarios of pretend.
4. The learner will evaluate his/her photographs, as well as the work of others through reviewing the rubric and using guiding critique questions.


- Sketchbooks
- Pencils and erasers
- Copy paper (motivator)
- Prop list handout
- 10-12 digital cameras (to be shared between pairs)
- Various props and objects
- 10-12 sheets for backdrops
- Variety of boxes
- Mat board
- Rubber cement

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