In this lesson unit, students will have a better understanding about the use of nature as vessels to contain food by different cultures/races Singapore and their significance. Students will learn about various materials found in nature used by different cultures to hold food. The different techniques used to fold/bind the materials to hold the food item inside will be explored. E.g: banana leaves, lotus leaves, pandan leaves.
Week 1: intro to Masak Masak
Students will learn how an art form can be used to convey a message/statement. An artwork can result in multiple interpretations.
See, Think, Wonder Activity (15 min):
- Each table (group) will be given an image of Gyongy Laky’s vessel and an Question Prompt card. Groups to describe the artwork (using Formal Analysis: Describe it, Analyze it and Interpret it) and write down their findings on a newsprint
Show examples of Gyongy Laky’s vessel series: http://www.gyongylaky.com/assets/pages/art/vessels.htm
See, Think, Wonder (Sharing-20 min)
- Students will share their findings on the selected artwork.
- Students will see and hear what other groups have shared and the various ideas and interpretations they have gathered
- Students will learn on the meaning of ‘Interpretation’ (Word of the Day)
- Students to reflect of the main points of the lesson and presentation in their journal.
Week 2: Square Table Assemblage Masak Masak
Students will be able to:
- combine naturally found products to create an organic vessel (Masak Masak)
- apply Rules of Play: Alter, Arrange, Attach & Animate
- Alter: Manipulate the objects by cutting or reshaping them to achieve their desired effect. Document their findings by taking pictures with the iPads provided.
- Arrange: Construction of their vessel by piecing them together with the altered materials
- Attach: Learn how to problem solve and think out of the box on ways to attach the materials without the use of adhesives. Experiment with different methods / techniques of binding and weaving to bind the components together.
Masak Masak (45 min):
- Each student will contribute 5 naturally found objects (eg: leaves from different trees/plants, branches, twigs, tree bark) onto a square table mat placed in the middle of their table.
- Each student to create an organic vessel using the available products on the table
- Alter: Students given 10 minutes to “play” with their materials
- Arrange and Attach: Students given 15 minutes to construct the vessel of their design
- Each vessel must fit within the boundary of an A4 paper
- Every group (table) will be given 1 minute to move around the tables and select materials from other groups at the sound of a bell.
- Teacher to supervise and offer guidance in assembly of the vessel.
Week 3: Students @ Work and Exhibition
Students will be able to:
- Apply Rules of Play: Alter, Arrange, Attach & Animate
- Animate: Individually make decisions on where to place the artwork and how it will communicate with the audience
Exhibition & Critique (45 min):
- Students to complete/touch-up the assembly of their vessels to be placed in around the School compound.
- Students may choose items found around them to be placed in their vessels.
- Students to document their works by placing them at a location of their choice and taking photos using the school’s iPads provided for them. Students to upload their photos (with a short narrative about their work) to Instagram (e.g. #masak2G) for sharing and critique.
- Each student to give positive and constructive comments to their at least 3 of their peers’ works via Instagram.
- Teacher to monitor via an Instagram hashtag created for this assignment.