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Mikaela Bugarin

Art 133
Unit Paper 4
Play creates enjoyment in art with humor and/or the ability to perform. In humor, artwork

make us feel, “amused, delighted, happy, and joyful” (Klein,2014). Nick Cave’s sounds suits

were worn to perform dancing and movement to promote play as well as humor. As people

watched his dancers perform with the sound suits, they were shocked to see the horses (made up

of two dancers) break apart and all performers dancing as themselves. Humor can also evoke a

surprise element to pieces which may make the art effective to the viewer. In a video presented in

class, we see a teacher who creates a lesson plan inspired by Cave’s art in which the student

makes works of art that create sound through sculptures, music makers, clothing, and more.

Under the criteria of Douglas and Jaquith’s four practices, the teacher implements somewhat of

moderately controlled lesson plan where students mostly have the control so that she would not

infringe on their works and utilize as much as their imagination as possible.
Referring to Douglas and Jaquith’s article on the four practices, I would utilize a lesson

plan that close resembles the lesson of the teacher who portrayed Cave’s work with some

modifications. I portrayed the teacher’s lesson plan as mostly student control with just a prompt.

I would want to play more of a role if I used the lesson plan. Students should practice creating

something different than just sound suits and grade students for their efforts towards innovation.

In the video, I appreciated the boy who made an instrument that doubles up as a sculpture. In

support to this for students who may have trouble creating their own interpretation, I would make

my own pieces for examples. The purpose of the altercation of the lesson plan was so students

could tap into their imaginations and use critical skills to come up with innovative pieces to

make an impact for lesson plans devoted to play.
Douglas, K. M., & Jaquith, D. B. (2009). Engaging learners though artmaking: Choice-based
art education in the classroom. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
Klein, S. (2014). Humor and contemporary product design. In D. Chairo & R. Baccolini (Eds.),
Gender and humor: International and interdisciplinary perspectives (pp. 201-211). New
York, NY: Routledge.