Teachers Lesson Plans

Real Life - Guy Ben-Ner and Ron Mueck

Grade K-3

My Treehouse:

The funny and delightful works of Guy Ben-Ner are reinventions of such classic novels as Daniel Defoe?s Robinson Crusoe (1719) in the installation titled Treehouse Kit (2005), and Herman Melville?s Moby Dick (1851) in the video of the same title (2000), with members of his own family doing the acting. In this course, the students will identify and recognize elements of design and explore how art communicates ideas and feelings.

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Grade 4-6

One Look Is Worth A Thousand Words:

Ron Mueck is well known for his hyper-realist sculptures, created in fibreglass. His characters, drawn from everyday life, represent universal themes: birth, growing old, love and the passage of time. In this course, the students will discover the various materials and techniques used by sculptors. They will learn to recognize some of the elements and/or principles of design used by artists in creating a sculpture and how these elements and/or principles can communicate an idea or a feeling.

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Grade 7-8

The Body Tells Its Story:

Ron Mueck is well known for his hyper-realist sculptures, created in fibreglass. His characters, drawn from everyday life, represent universal themes: birth, growing old, love, and the passage of time. In this course, the students will discover the various materials and techniques used by sculptors and will learn to recognize some of the elements and/or principles of design artists use to create a sculpture.

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Grade 9-12

Reinventing the World:

The funny and delightful works of Guy Ben-Ner are reinventions of such classic novels as Daniel Defoe?s Robinson Crusoe (1719) in the installation titled Treehouse Kit (2005), and Herman Melville?s Moby Dick (1851) in the video of the same title (2000), with members of his own family doing the acting. In this course, the students will manipulate and organize elements and principles of design as they plan a work of art.

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