Containment: Capturing dreams and nightmares in art

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Containment: Capturing dreams and nightmares in art


Nightmares and Dreams


Learners explore works of art representative of containers and use chosen media to create a container to hold a personal or collective nightmare or dream.


Lynn Sanders-Bustle


1990.3.8.2 Tobacco Jar, Anonymous. Late 18th Century.
1995.12 Iron Maiden Teapot, Michael Sherrill. 1995.
1996.20a-e Water Kettle and stand, Christopher Dresser. 1885.
1990.12 Arm Chair, Wenzel Friedrich. 1885-1890.
1978.51.111 Water Vessel (Kendi), Anonymous. Late 18th century.
1997.20 Armoire, Louis Majorelle. 1900-1910.


Handheld Art


Columbia Museum of Art

Unit Plan Item Type Metadata


7 classes


Visual Arts Standards:
VAH3-3.2 Analyze and describe the relationships among subject matter,
symbols, and themes in communicating intended meaning in his or her
own artworks and in those of others.
VAH3-1.3 Communicate ideas through the effective use of a variety of materials,
techniques, and processes in works of visual art.

Integrated CCSS:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.


1) Learner will transfer their ideas about nightmares and dreams into a artwork.
2) Learners will identify distinctive characteristics of containers and use them as inspiration for the creation of an artwork.
3) Learners will identify and employ a media of their choosing to communicate their ideas.
4) Learner will transfer ideas about
nightmares and dreams through
use of medium.


Materials will be identified by each students based on choices made for their artwork.

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