Designing Spaces and Places is written especially for students and provides access to 16 works of art, exploring ideas about designing spaces, objects, and architecture. Highlighted are the Walker's Idea House from 1947, Paul Manship's sculptures at the MMAA, the MIA's Frank Lloyd Wright Hallway, the Frank Gehry-designed Weisman Art Museum, and more. Audio and video clips, hyperlinks to other sites, a glossary, individual and group activities, and a discussion board are also available here.
This unit is part of ArtsNet Minnesota, a collaborative online curriculum resource developed by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, and Minnesota Museum of American Art.
This program was written for students in grades 5 through 8 who want to learn about the design process by studying real buildings and objects in the collections of four Twin Cities museums.
We usually think of the things in art museums as being made by people we call artists. But many of the things in art museums were made by people we could call either artists or designers--or both.
The works of art in Spaces and Places include sculpture and architecture. You can see and learn about a grand reception hall in China; bronze bears and deer that were once part of the gates to a playground; a new museum for the University of Minnesota, and a mobile lab for neighborhood art classes--plus 12 other things!