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Do Now #24: Fun and Games

| March 16, 2012 | 0 Comments
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Do Now

Name a game you played as a kid that you could reference in an artwork. Do you remember distinct characters or colors? Which games were most significant for you?

Introduction

Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders (and Uncle Wiggly too) are classic board games that many of us remember playing as kids. Candy Land was designed by a woman from San Diego in 1945, and Chutes (or Snakes) and Ladders is an ancient Indian game. Today’s definition of games more often brings to mind computer and video games, which are a popular subject among students, both inside and outside of school. Gaming and game design serve an entertainment purpose but can also be an engaging, educational tool. Check out a new episode of PBS Off Book that introduces video games as a personal, storytelling art form.

Watch Off Book: Video Games on PBS. See more from Off Book.

Resource

KQED SPARK segment on artist Thai Bui in Looking East – June 27, 2005
On the more physical, fine art side of the game world, KQED Spark-featured artist, Thai Bui, creates sculptures that are partly inspired by games he played as a child growing up in Vietnam. His extraordinary objects combine references to his experiences in both the United States and Vietnam, simultaneously communicating a witty humor and a sense of loss. Learn more about his work and hear him discuss how he made a sculpture using wet clay bowls he’s throw on the ground to to create a sound — the activity references a simple childhood game in which the participant that makes the loudest sound wins.


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More Resources

KQED Spark: Thai Bui Educator Guide

KQED Spark: Kerry James Marshall Video and Educator Guide

PBS Off Book: Video Games

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Category: Do Now, Do Now: Art and Popular Culture, PBS LearningMedia

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About the Author ()

Kristin Farr is KQED's Arts Education Manager. She is the creator and producer of the Emmy Award-winning video series, Art School, which brings audiences into artists' studios to learn about contemporary art, and engages learners with ideas for new ways to get creative. She is also an artist and a contributing editor for Juxtapoz Magazine.