Cultural Object Assignment

Culture (from the Latin cultura stemming from colere, meaning “to cultivate”), generally refers to patterns of human activity and the symbolic structures that give such activity significance.

Different definitions of “culture” reflect different theoretical bases for understanding, or criteria for evaluating, human activity
Examples students have used in the past: Native American: Ojibwe, East African, Norse, Danish, Swedish, Chinese (there are many dynasties), Italian, French, Irish, Hmong, Mexican, Russian, Egyptian, Iraqi, Turkish, Indian, Japanese.

Using your own cultural heritage is a great start and do not feel limited to this list. Make sure your culture has a strong visual tradition that could inspire work on your future projects.

 

PART ONE

Imagery + Writing
Select 10 pieces of decorative art (paintings are not recommended) from the culture you chose using the following sources and put them into a google doc.
Write 2-3 sentences about each image. Possible questions to answer are: What is it? When and where was it made? What do you like about it? How does it represent that culture? What materials was it constructed with?

PART TWO

Sketching
Draw out a minimum of five patterns that they would use in their art work and daily living.  It does not need to be the entire image copied – it could be just a section of the piece.

​PART THREE

Summarize
Write a two paragraph summary about the culture on why you selected that culture, general information about the culture and art related information such as “Why was art  important to their culture?”

PART FOUR

Plan
Plan four ideas for new patterns you might use on cups and vases based on your research.

List Of Cultures 

YALE CULTURE LISTWIKIPEDIA CULTURE LINK

Useful Links

MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ART LOS ANGELES COUNTY ART MUSEUM ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM SEATTLE ART MUSEUM MUSEUM OF ORIENTAL CERAMICS
NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADAMUSEUM FINE ARTS BOSTON SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION
FOLK ART MUSEUM AMERICAN CRAFT COUNCIL
PORTLAND ART MUSEUM SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM
YALE ART GALLERY BRITISH MUSEUM
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART KHAN ACADEMY
MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN

Africa

PEOPLESREGIONSMET COLLECTIONART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO

Asia

MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ARTKHAN ACADEMYMET COLLECTIONART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO

Australia 

ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIESABORIGINAL STYLESAUSTRALIAN NATIONAL GALLERY

Europe

THE MET ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO

Mexico

Tuscon Museum of Art Casa Delores Pottery of Mexico (videos)

Swedish

Swedish History Museum Swedish Collection

Norse / Viking

Met Museum Norse Collection British Museum

German

British Museum

Various Native American Tribes

Smithsonian Institute