TOOLKIT: CREATE YOUR OWN NEIGHBORHOOD SUIT
SUBJECT: SOCIAL STUDIES / VISUAL ART
ARTIST: JESSICA FRELINGHUYSEN
GRADE: recommended 6th-12th grade
Students think about their community and the role it plays in their life.
Students explore their community and understand it through observation, drawing and exploration.
1. What defines a diagram?
2. What are the fashion trends in your community?
3. What are important things to know about your community?
4. What is unusual or unexpected about your community?
5. What do you like about your community?
6. What would you change about your community?
7. What kinds of people live in your community?
1. Sound-Collecting Suit and Backpack, (2013) by Jessica Frelinghuysen
2. My City is Your City, (2013) by Jessica Frelinghuysen
Using Jessica Frelinghuysen’s Sound-Collecting Suit as an example, create a drawn or sculptural diagram of a suit you would use to explore your community. Be sure to think about what would make you fit in or stand out, in your particular neighborhood. Jessica used her suit to collect sounds in her neighborhood. What would you collect when you wear your suit? Be sure to include those collection tools in your suit. What materials would your suit be made of? How would you display what you collect?
PENNSYLVANIA CORE STANDARDS
Text Types and Purposes: (CC.8.6.6.B.*-CC.8.6.12.B*)
-write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes
Production and Distribution of Writing: (CC.8.6.6.C.-CC.8.6.12.C.)
-produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience
-know and use the elements and principles of each art form to create works in the arts and humanities
-demonstrate the ability to define objects, express emotions, illustrate an action or relate an experience through creation of works in the arts