Public Art

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by Mary Erickson, Ph.D.
with Arizona art teachers Nancy Feiring and Roxie May-Thayer

Public Art provides activities that teachers or parents of elementary children and secondary students can use

  • to prepare children to explore public art at the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA),
  • to focus their attention during a visit and
  • to plan an artwork for a specific place after their visit.

Teacher/Parent Introduction (pdf)

Lesson One
Lesson One: Art for Specific Places

Public Art in Tempe PowerPoint
Public Art Self Tour
Exploring with Questor worksheet
Questor’s Questions about Public Art

Lesson Two
Lesson Two: Tempe Center for the Arts Visit

Exploring Public Art at the Tempe Center for the Arts (pdf)


Lesson Three (Elementary)
Lesson Three: Modular Madness for Elementary Students

6- x 6-inch or 7- x 7-inch cardboard per student
Assorted cardboard rectangles and triangles (cut on paper cutter)
Tempera paint
Large size soft brushes
Liquid dishwashing soap
Paper cups or other containers
Newspaper to cover painting surface
Purchased stamps w/inkpads (optional)
Public Art Label (pdf)
Exploring Public Art at the Tempe Center for the Arts (pdf)
Sample Modular Madness PowerPoint


Lesson Three (Secondary)
Lesson Three: Space Invaders for Secondary Students

Resources and Supplies
Sample Space Invaders Sculpture PowerPoint
Public Art Label (pdf)
White glue
Masking tape
Clear packing tape

Assorted color paper – construction paper, tissue paper, etc.
Found objects

Web resources
Computer and Digital Projector or SmartBoard
Public Art Self Tour
Exploring with Questor
Questor’s Questions
Mary Erickson Ventures


Nancy Feiring is the primary author of Modular Madness.
Roxie May-Thayer is the primary author of Space Invaders.
Photos courtesy of the city of Tempe, Architekton and Mary Erickson.

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