Visionary Studio, Fall 2011 – It’s About Time
Unit Description: Time is a constant factor in all of our lives. It is perpetually evolving, whether we are reflecting on the past, unfolding in the present or moving forward into the future. However, every person experiences and understands time differently. Every day we explore time through movement, routine, interaction and observation. Our capacity to record and represent the past through technology has changed the way we view our histories, and has changed the way we experience the present.
Throughout this unit students will be introduced to the ways contemporary artists address time in their work. They will be asked to reflect on how contemporary artists are choosing to deal with time by representing it visually as well as using it as a physical medium in their work. Projects, investigations and other activities included in this unit offer students an opportunity to think critically about how they experience time in their own lives. In addition, this unit fosters an exploration into the various time-based media and encourages students to incorporate various themes of time into their own artwork.
Each lesson contains “Quickfire Challenges”:
Inspired by the popular TV show Top Chef, “Quickfire Challenges” are short activities and skill-based mini-lessons that will be implemented at the start of most class sessions. The purpose of these activities is to introduce students to a variety of different media and provide them with hands-on experience at the beginning of class. “Quickfire Challenges” provide teachers with an opportunity to address students’ specific interests in different media as it relates to the topic of time.
Student Artwork and Exhibition