Fourth Grade: What is Art?

Fourth graders worked in teams and created lists of unique criteria of art. Then they critiqued Meret Oppenheim’s and Marcel Duchamp’s sculptures.

Marcel Duchamp created ready-mades. One of his ready-mades is a bicycle wheel attached to a stool.

Meret Oppenheim used materials that were not thought of as art materials. She covered a teacup and saucer with fur and called it art.

Meret Oppenheim. Fur-covered cup, saucer, and spoon.  Copyright© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Pro Litteris, Zurich

They discussed if their criteria for art changed after looking at the sculptures. Students drew and painted teacups.