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|Type of Document
||Tankel, Jesslyn Elise
|Author's Email Address
||A Teaching Toy: Free Forms in an Abstract Landscape
||Master of Science
|Braaten, Ellen B.
|Goff, Richard M.
|Date of Defense
As a young student, I enjoyed a passion for the
studio arts and an interest in art history.
I ardently pursued these areas in college,
continuing their exploration in graduate school
in the field of Industrial Design. For the thesis
project, my objective is to foster in children an
appreciation for art and, possibly, to help them
develop a critical and appreciative eye toward
their environment. In my research, I find
inspiration in child psychology and the toys of
child's play, in 15th-century Islamic art and
20th-century Abstraction, and in naturally
occurring events such as ivy twisting up a knotty
tree trunk and soft ripples in a pond.
The assimilation of these elements, together with
the ideas that they generate, evolve into the
foundation for my project. My intent is to design
a toy which provides children ages six to twelve
years with insight into both the world of nature
and the realm of art. Further, the toy will
heighten each child's visual vocabulary to
acknowledge the organic, natural line that exists
in nature and which is, perhaps, represented in
abstract art. These goals are the guiding
principles for my work.
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