ART/LANGUAGE ARTS ACTIVITY
What animal would you choose as your personal symbol? Make a drawing
of the animal and emphasize the qualities or characteristics that
appeal to you. Put in as much detail as possible. Write about why
you selected this animal as your symbol.
American architect Frank Lloyd Wright used personal symbols in his
architectural and furniture designs. Choose a plant or flower and
reduce the shape to a symbol by simplifying the form. For example,
the fleur-de-lis is a symbol that represents an iris or a lily.
visual shape (or dance step or musical note) that is repeated over
an image that stands for an idea or object.
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Swartz, S. (ed.) Walker Art Center - Painting and Sculpture from the Collection,
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Art Center, Minneapolis, 1990.
Wilson, L. A. "Shelter as Symbol: Uses and Meanings of
Architectural Space," from Arts
of Africa, Oceania and the Americas (pp. 271-274), by J.C. Berlo & L. A. Wilson (eds.), Englewood
Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall. 1993.
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