Essential Question: What is functional art? To me this is a really FUN unit to do! Because it proves ART IS EVERYWHERE!!
I have done functional art with my students in the past. They made benches and lunch boxes but this was the first time I thought about having them make clocks.
AND as always I had all these different things going on in my head-Monday's classes missed mixing purple-so they should use only red, blue and white to paint their clocks. Another day I thought the students should learn about mixing green, they used only blue, yellow and white. White was added as a little mini lesson on value. Finally I gave out red, yellow, blue and white and let them play....... Silly me, just should have done that in the first place, duh. Bonus-they were in awe of the colors that they made!
My inspiration piece for this project was this clay clock I bought on vacation-so long ago that I don't remember where. Students were quite curious as to how to tell time with no numbers on the clock!
For my little k/1st grade students I read them this big book, which they loved. We talked about what the little and big hands tell us. We talked about where the numbers go on the face , whether you can see them or not, the numbers are always there.
Sorry, my budget does not include the money to actually make these clocks tick..... However, I did let students know it was something that could be done with a kit from one of the craft stores.
I did a variation of this lesson with my older students, which I promise to share next time!
Meanwhile, thanks for reading! By the way- how do you teach your students about functional art?