and skills. Complete TEKS for
6th grade art.
2. Creative expression/performance: b. and c.
3. Historical cultural heritage: a.
a. and b.
students will be able to describe this writing desk and the function
it served in the culture of the time.
student will create a separate drawer to scale and these will
be assembled into a class desk that displays each drawer. Students
will use repetitive motifs in designing their drawers.
illustrate the use of the desk in the viceregal period the students
will cut out shapes to represent their own personal treasures
and place them behind their drawers.
Work of Art
students a large image of the two views of the desk and discuss
and how it compares to the desks they use at school and the desks
they may have at home.
the function of the various parts of the desk: the drawers, drop-leaf
doors, base, handles, and lock cover. Research why these features
were necessary in light of the history of that time. Discuss the
source of the designs and compare to other Islamic and Spanish
furniture that shows inlaid designs.
the concept of motif and the relevance of the motifs of this piece
to the history of that time.
five 45 minute periods
Colored paper to match colors of wood and designs
Glue and scissors
will create individual drawer designs to scale so that they can
be fitted into a completed class writing desk for display. The
work will be done in construction paper using colors similar to
those used in this desk to simulate the walnut, lightwood and
will select and illustrate motifs appropriate for the student,
school or community and use repetition of motif to complete their
finished the individual drawers will be fitted together on a display
board in a configuration similar to the original desk. The desk
from the Franz Mayer show has ten drawers so students will need
to design a desk front to accomodate the number of drawers completed
in the class or may wish to have two separate desks with 10 -
12 drawers in each. A base should be cut of black paper and fitted
under the desk as in the original work of art.
drawer shapes will be attached to the display only at the sides
and bottom leaving the top open. Students will draw or cut small
replicas of things that they treasure or write secret messages
and slip them into their own compartments.
will discuss their work of art and how they met the lesson objectives.
Students could write about the completed class desk and how it compares
with the desk from the Franz Mayer exhibit.
The finished desk should show uniformity of design with each
student using repetition of motif and colors as seen in the origianl
work of art and the drawers should be cut to scale so that they
fit together neatly for display. See assessment