The Object of My Abstraction

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The Object of My Abstraction


Meaning and Objects


Artists often playoff of the idea of intention and function. Through the abstraction, placement, and fusion of familiar objects, artists dare viewers to rethink ideas like meaning, value, and purpose. Within this unit, learners will explore the meaning of objects and how they change once they have been appropriated for art.


Lane Laney


“Arm chair,” Wenzel Friedrich (1990.12)
“Snail,” “Fire,” Yamaguchi Ryuun (2007.15.1; 2007.16.1)
“Food, Clothing, Shelter,” Laurie Simmons (1997.5.1-3)
“#1A Gift Kodak Camera and Case,” Walter Dorwin Teague (1996.7a-c)
“Iron Maiden Teapot,” Michael Sherrill (1995.12)


Handheld Art


Columbia Museum of Art

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11 classes


Visual Arts Standards:
VAH2-1.4 Apply materials, techniques, and processes with skill, confidence, techniques, and processes in works of visual art. and sensitivity sufficient to make his or her intentions observable in the artwork that he or she creates.
VAH2-3.2 Analyze and describe the relationships among subject matter, symbols, and themes in communicating intended meaning in his or her artworks and the works of others.
VAH2-3.3 Select and effectively use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning through his or her artworks.

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 learners will...
• discuss the ways in which an object’s meaning is altered by placement and abstraction
• produce thumbnail sketches for at least five abstractions of a chosen object
• create an armature for their sculpture using wire/mesh, newspaper, tape, etc.
• skillfully apply plaster gauze to the armature to build a thoughtful abstraction of their chosen object
• Compose a reflection, explaining how their specific abstraction affected the meaning, value, or purpose of the object


Armature materials (wire, wire mesh, masking tape, duct tape, aluminum foil, newspaper, etc.), wire cutters, pliers, plaster gauze, buckets, warm water, scissors, plaster-of-paris, putty knives or palette knives for applying plaster-of-paris, masks, sandpaper, acrylic/tempera/or spray paint, clear coat or acrylic gel medium

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