by Mary Erickson, Ph.D., with Arizona art teacher Allison Lee
Tokens of Love is a three-lesson unit plan designed in conjunction with the Summer of Love exhibition at the Tempe Center for the Arts.
Preview the Summer of Love exhibition PowerPoint
- Theme in Life: We all prize our relationships with others.
- Theme in Art: An artwork can say how we feel about someone without words.
Lessons approach the themes through key questions about the art of others as well as questions about our own art.
What feeling does this artwork express?
What do I want my artwork to express?
What textures do I see?
How can I use texture to enrich the surface/s of my artwork?
We have all given a gift to someone we love, respect or care about. Sometimes people even give gifts to cities or organizations to express their care or commitment. Did you know that the late Senator Barry Goldwater gave the Heard Museum his collection of Hopi katsina dolls so local residents and visitors to the Valley of the Sun could see them? Did you know that the Order of Odd Fellows gave the historic Petersen House to the city of Tempe? Next time you visit a museum or see something marked with a plaque, take time to read the text and you may learn about generous people who have given gifts as tokens showing how they feel and what or whom they care about.
One: Expressions of Love, Care and Respect
Questor Questions about 2D & 3D Cacti in Art (pdf)
Three: My Token of Love
Tokens of Love PowerPoint
texture tools (various objects like combs, forks, raw noodles, matchbox cars, etc.)
spray bottles with water
wood boards (bats)
OPTIONAL: Paper bags (one bag for each small group) each holding several sample textures, such as tree bark, tire tread, rough and smooth fabric swatches, fake fur, playing card, corrugated cardboard with top layer of paper removed, wire mesh, etc.
OPTIONAL: Newsprint and charcoal or soft graphite pencils
Joshua Roffler, Tempe History Museum
Seventh and eighth grade art students at Chandler's Arizona College Prep,
Oakland Desert Botanical Garden
Previsit Lesson = 50-100 minutes
TCA Visit Lesson = Field Trip
Postvisit Lesson = 250-750 minutes