Lesson Plan | Karl Wirsum: Robotic Animal Figures – MMoCA
Measle Mouse Quarantined From His Fans, 1980, acrylic on wood,
Visual Art, Language Arts, Geometry
Meri Lau, art educator
- How does engaging in creating art enrich people’s lives?
- How does making art attune people to their surroundings?
- How do people contribute to awareness and understanding of their lives and the lives of their communities through art-making?
- Students will construct a three-dimensional or two-dimensional animal figure that suggests a story about its condition.
Students work individually and in a group to create two- and three-dimensional robotic-looking animal figures. Show Karl Wirsum’s sculpture, Measle Mouse Quarantined by his Fans, and begin a conversation about whether it is an animal or a machine.
Through art-making, people make meaning by investigating and developing awareness of perceptions, knowledge and experiences.
- Has anyone ever had measles? Or chicken pox? Hives? Bee stings? Acne? Shingles? Mosquito bites?
- Look closely at Measle Mouse Quarantined from His Fans. What do you think may have happened to Measle Mouse?
- What does it mean to be quarantined? Why might someone be quarantined?
- Does Measle Mouse look real? Why, or why not?
- How would Measle Mouse move? Show us.
- Why would Measle Mouse move in this way?
- What would you include on a pretend remote control that you would design for your animal robot?
Students construct a three-dimensional animal figure that is free-standing, symmetrical and geometrical (robotic looking). Instruct students to cut shapes of rectangles and squares that can be shaped into circles and triangles.
Students create a two-dimensional animal figure that is symmetrical and geometric (robotic looking). Instruct students to draw an animal figure by making a template that is symmetrical and tracing it onto cardboard, tagboard, foam core. Students make remote controls.
Students assemble a large, group-generated, robotic-looking animal that can be three dimensional or two dimensional.
- Large-group or individual construction
- Collaboration; working together to create symmetry
Students construct a movable puppet made out of shapes and perform to music
- Students pair music and art together
Research, collect and share creative writing and videography about community