Explain the purpose of public art in the community.
General Information
Subject Area: Visual Art
Grade: 68
Big Idea: Historical and Global Connections
Status: State Board Approved

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
0101040: M/J Three-Dimensional Studio Art 1 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
0101035: M/J Exploring Three-Dimensional Art (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))

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Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
VA.68.H.2.In.c: Identify reasons to display artwork in public places.
VA.68.H.2.Pa.b: Recognize the use of visual art or utilitarian objects in daily life.
VA.68.H.2.Su.c: Identify the physical features or characteristics of artworks displayed in the community.

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Lesson Plan

The Two Memorials:

The lesson will present students with the artwork by artists Maya Lin and Fredrick Hart.  Within this lesson, students will be given background information about the Cold War and Vietnam War including the reason for our involvement and the political and social ramifications that came about from the war. We will discuss the importance that the visual imagery through television had on public opinion. Students will then look at Maya Lin’s “Vietnam Veterans Memorial” initially. Once finished, we will discuss the political and public reasons for the installation of “Three Soldiers,” which is a more traditional, realistic statue.  Students will compare and contrast the two, and eventually focus on the intention and ramifications of a public monument based on aesthetics, conceptualization and public opinion in this integrated lesson plan.  

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