Design and Function of Folk Art

Folk art is carefully designed to function in certain, often powerful, ways. This section of lessons explores how the design of folk art relates to the function the work.

 Cloth Animals: Determining our Relationship to Animals Cloth Animals: Determining our Relationship to Animals:
Consider the changing place of animals in our lives by exploring design aspects of toy tigers and other animal toys made for children.
 Pu Hui Painting- Renewing and Ordering the World Pu Hui Painting- Renewing and Ordering the World:
Consider the ways in which the world can be ordered and renewed through pu hui paintings, in part by honoring the ancestors, both living and dead.
 Gourd Engraving- Considering Folk Art and Kitsch Gourd Engraving- Considering Folk Art and Kitsch:
Investigate approaches to kitsch by contrasting highly prized engraved gourds made in China with gourd art in the West and other collections of everyday items.
 Paper Funeral Figures-  Making Memory Visible Paper Funeral Figures- Making Memory Visible:
Discover the connections that can be made between objects and memorializing the dead and objects and everyday memories.
 Hutongs: Examining the Everyday Hutongs: Examining the Everyday:
Examine the ways in which everyday objects and events are increasingly seen as aesthetically valuable and are changing how artists and museums think about art.