Students will define and compare form and function in works of art and design. Students will use drawing materials of choice to sketch a design demonstrating how form and function connect. Students will then debate the importance of form and function.
Students will identify varied purposes of artwork & design and how form and function work together.
Students will compare a work of design, architecture, and art both individually and with peers.
Facilitate a discussion about form and function in art and design.
Engage students in an inner/outer circle discussion focused on the purposes of art and design.
Offer two opposing statements for students to select and facilitate a debate about the importance of form vs. function.
Encourage students to draw design ideas based on prioritizing either form or function.
Teacher Prep Time
Student Studio Time
1 hour and 25 minutes
Supplies and Materials
Sketchbook, unlined notebook, or stapled folded papers
Pencil and eraser
Coloring materials of choice (markers, colored pencils, etc.)
Define Form and Function
Review as a class the definitions of “Form” and “Function” in art.
Discuss the definition of form as aesthetic qualities and the definition of function as utilitarian qualities in art and design.
Write these in a sketchbook.
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