TOOLKIT: SENSORY SURPRISES
SUBJECT: SCIENCE / VISUAL ART
ARTIST: CHICAGO COLLABORATION / DANNY BRACKEN / BUZZ SPECTOR
GRADE: recommended 3rd-8th grade
Students will learn about the five senses.
Students will think about how senses other than sight can be useful in art.
Students will explore art through a variety of senses.
1. What are the senses?
2. What senses do you use when interacting with art?
3. How do you respond to an art installation when focusing on a specific sense (i.e. by just listening or by just touching)?
4. How does an installation with a variety of elements change your experience?
1. A Collaboration by Chicago Collaboration
2. What does it mean? by Danny Bracken
3. Cold Fashioned Room by Buzz Spector
Think about an unusual way to create an installation that engages a sense other than sight. Consider Chicago Collaboration and the surprise you get from their installation, A Collaboration. Feeling water on a handrail is a sensory surprise. Also consider Buzz Spector’s Cold Fashioned Room where the temperature of the room really creates an atmosphere that impacts your senses. When have you been surprised by your senses? Maybe it is a different smell than expected, or different taste. Collaborate in groups to make a project that focuses on one of the senses in a new way and share it with the rest of the class. Do you make a cupcake that looks sweet, but is actually savory? Do you create a room that looks like a beach but is actually cold? How does this change the experience of an installation? How do you respond to the surprise? It is pleasant or unpleasant? Is it funny or frightening?
PENNSYLVANIA CORE STANDARDS
-know and use the elements and principles of each art form to create works in the arts and humanities
-recognize, know, use and demonstrate a variety of appropriate arts elements and principles to produce, review and revise original works in the arts
-use knowledge of varied styles within each art form through a performance or exhibition of unique work
-demonstrate the ability to define objects, express emotions, illustrate an action or relate an experience through creation of works in the arts