TOOLKIT: SHAPE EXPLORATION
SUBJECT: VISUAL ART
ARTIST: KATHLEEN MONTGOMERY
GRADE: recommended 7th-12th grade
Students explore a specific shape through a variety of media.
Students discover a variety of media and how it responds when trying to create a specific shape.
Students create abstract work without a specific narrative thread.
1. What shapes are you drawn to?
2. How does a shape respond or look differently depending on what and how it is made?
3. What materials are you excited to use in creating drawings and sculptures?
4. What does it mean to create an abstract work?
5. Can abstract work tell a story?
1. Body Memory Architecture, (2014) Kathleen Montgomery
In her installation Body Memory Architecture, Kathleen Montgomery explored the idea of curves. Choose your own shape to explore. Choose three or four different types of media to use in an exploration of this shape. How does the media change the final product? How doe the final pieces fit together? What did you discover through this exploration? Did stories or narratives arrive before, during or after this process?
Look at all your final pieces together and think about the story they might tell.
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
-recognize and use fundamental vocabulary within each of the arts forms
-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