A Place in Space

Essential Question: What is our relationship with the buildings and the spaces that surround us?

artworks to discuss

connects to ELA, Social Studies

Connects to Social Justice Standards

connects to National Core Art Standards

flexible materials and delivery

“A Place in Space” explores how places (and spaces) are more than the sum of their parts; decisions went into the design and preservation of these spaces that is reflective of a particular society, and a particular moment in time. Students look at historical examples while also thinking about how their personal spaces (e.g., bedrooms) reflect their personalities, opinions, and ideals.

In this integrated project pack, we explore the question, “What is our relationship with the buildings and the spaces that surround us? through four key ideas:

  1. Buildings and spaces are reflective of a particular moment in time.
  2. Buildings and city design can be used to help solve a problem.
  3. History is an evolving narrative that can be told, in part, through objects and places.
  4. Objects, furnishings, and decorations give clues into the lives of inhabitants.

Each key idea includes a learning segment where students build knowledge and deepen their understanding of a topic area.

A second segment features artworks that support learning and deepen students’ understanding of the diverse ways the idea can be approached.

And finally, each key idea also includes an art project that connects everything together and encourages students to do so in a way that is personally and culturally relevant to them.

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