The utopia design uses as a major objective the idea that a utopia serves to support a community, not just the needs of the designer. The needs of a community can be very utilitarian; the basic needs of survival are always addressed by the community. A utopian community would also nurture people to help them to be healthy, happy, loved, and fulfilled.
After responding to both selected and constructed response items, students will brainstorm and research ideas about utopia to develop a series of sketches expressing their choices of utopian features. From the sketches, students will create a final work using their choice of media. Students will be asked to place an emphasis on creating a utopia as a society, not just a personal hedonistic theme park.
The skills and techniques to be assessed will be the development of coherent visual structures based on intentional use of elements and principles of art to express meanings around the theme of utopia.
Visual structures chosen may include forms such as charts or maps, cutaways, and magnifications. Various structures could be combined or juxtaposed. Game boards could be designed. Collections of features could be drawn in a grid as a form of scientific documentation of an imagined society. There are no limits, and realism should not be emphasized or favored.
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