Toolkit

TOOLKIT: TIME CAPSULE

THEME: MEMORY / TIME
SUBJECT: EARLY CHILDHOOD
ARTIST: CHIHARU SHIOTA / JULIE SCHENKELBERG / BILL WOODROW / WINIFRED LUTZ
GRADE: recommended PreK-3rd grade

OBJECTIVES
Students will explore the idea of memory (static and dynamic) through literature and art.
Students will explore emotions associated with memories.
Students will learn how artists use memories to create installations.
 
KEY QUESTIONS
1. What does it mean to remember?  What does it mean to forget? 
2. What is a memory?  Tell us about the colors, smells, sounds, time of day and people in your favorite memory … is it like a story?
3. What story is the artist telling us with these objects?  Are there memories connected to the objects and art?  If yes, name the objects and their memory.
 
BOOK REFERENCES
1. Fox Forgets by Suzanne Bloom
 
VISUAL REFERENCES
1. Trace of Memory, (2013) Chiharu Shiota
2. The Color of Temperance, Embodied Energy, (2015) Julie Shenkelberg
3. Garden Installation, (1993) Winifred Lutz
4. Ship of Fools: Discovery of Time, (1986) Bill Woodrow
 
ACTIVITY
Make a time capsule of yourself.  Collect objects which represent milestones for the chosen time period (that day, the season, the year).  Seal the objects in your time capsule container.  Have an older sibling or grown-up help you write a letter about yourself; what subjects you are studying in school, your neighborhood, your favorite color, your favorite food, your favorite places and people in your life. Don’t forget to write the date!  Once you are satisfied with the collection, seal the container and place or bury it in a safe place where it won’t be disturbed for one, two, five, or more years.  When it comes time to reopen the capsule you may be surprised by the memories waiting inside.  What memories are associated with these objects?  What objects did you forget about? Can you remember why you chose these objects?  Have fun re-discovering memories with yourself and your family or friends.

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PENNSYLVANIA CORE STANDARDS
VISUAL ARTS
(9.1.3.A)
-know and use the elements and principles of each art form to create works in the arts and humanities
 
(9.1.3.B)
-recognize, know, use and demonstrate a variety of appropriate arts elements and principles to produce, review and revise original works in the arts
 
(9.1.3.D)
-use knowledge of varied styles within each art form through a performance or exhibition of unique work
 
(9.1.3.E)
-demonstrate the ability to define objects, express emotions, illustrate an action or relate an experience through creation of works in the arts

 
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