ERIC Number: ED449110
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Claes Oldenburg: Making the Ordinary Extraordinary. Teacher's Guide. School Arts: Looking/Learning.
Born in Sweden in 1929, Claes Oldenburg was brought to the United States as an infant and raised in Chicago (Illinois). Oldenburg came of age artistically in the early 1960s with the pop art generation. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated the power of the imagination to transform the everyday environment. This teaching guide gives an overview of Claes Oldenburg's life and career, focusing on "metamorphosis" as a key element in his sculpture. The guide discusses one of Oldenburg's monumental sculptures, the "Geometric Mouse." It points out that, like many artists of the modern era, Oldenburg has done much to extend the definition of art by challenging traditional assumptions. The guide provides 15 photographs of Claes Oldenburg's sculptures and suggests activities for elementary school, middle school, and high school. (BT)
Descriptors: Art Activities, Art Education, Art Products, Artists, Elementary Secondary Education, Sculpture
National Gallery of Art, 4th and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20565. For full text: http://www.nga.gov/education/teachres.htm.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.