Meaning & Objects
Alone, an object is just a collection of lifeless mass. Objects take on meaning when someone adds value through the purpose, use, materials, or aesthetics. Many objects have become art simply by someone taking an ordinary object and using it as a medium, and giving it new life.
Rationale for Teaching
Throughout time, humans have collected, connected, and used objects for themselves. Teaching the meaning of objects will help guide students into a deeper understanding of their desire, identity, and relationship with them. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the unit will relate to topics in Language Arts, Media Arts, and Social Studies for further connections, explanations, and reinforcement. Essential questions will be asked such as: What is the purpose of an object? Why do we identify ourselves with objects? Why do we have the urge to collect objects? By using all of these tools, the students will have the skills to create meaningful works of art using objects as inspiration. Meaning and objects would be a great unit to teach because of its artistic, historical and literary significance and personal connection to the students.
- Objects as mediums for expression
- Objects used to represent ideas, concepts, beliefs, attitudes, or feelings
- Treasured objects across societies and peoples which transcend materialism
- In what ways do objects hold meaning in our lives?
- Do objects have more meaning once they become art?
- What constitutes a "treasured" item?