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Apprentice Questions – Artist

Subject:

Social Studies  

Grades:

5, 6, 7  

Apprentice Questions
Artist, Glassblower, Sculptor, Musician, Musical Instrument Maker, Composer

You are to be apprenticed to an Artist, Glassblower, Sculptor, Musician, Musical Instrument Maker or Composer to prepare for a festival or wedding feast or to work on art commissioned for a cathedral.

Consider:
– Name of your guild? In which special guild must you start before you can proceed to work with a master in the field of painting, sculpture, etc.? Who is allowed into your guild? Special features of your guild? Terms and vocabulary unique to your guild’s work or beliefs? Special clothing that your guild members must wear? Under what conditions? What does each piece signify? What change in philosophy about art has enabled your guild to exist and develop?

- What is different about the Renaissance philosophy of art and music compared to that of the Middle Ages? Who do the visual or performing arts depend upon to exist? Who have been the innovators in your field of study?

- What has each contributed of significant importance? Where did each master get his ideas? Any special study that he did, place he visited, things he observed and applied to what he is passing on to you? What artwork has your guild been required to commission? What donations is your guild responsible for and why?

- Philosophy of design/art, music? Skills and techniques you must learn or know about? Steps in a process that you must follow? Why? Of what significance is math in your field of study? What mathematical ‘news’ is there that will help you in the ‘works’ that you create? What has that ‘news’ opened up for you as an artist, sculptor, glassblower, musician, instrument designer/builder, etc.?

- Technology (tools) available? Special features or requirements of your work that you must consider in your training? Cautions, hazards of your work? Materials for your work is available from where?

- Special guilds for them? What other guild(s) do you work with? Particular problems you may run into with your work? What innovative technology is built into your work or have you or others discovered? (14th to 17th century versions of 20th century technology? Is the older better? Equivalent? In what ways?) Special features of your project that require new technology? (You may have to do some inventing to complete your project – but within the limits of the Renaissance.)

- Where will your work be displayed or performed? Describe it. What must be kept in mind when you propose and present a project to be developed and completed? Who will perform your music? What must you keep in mind concerning those who will be your audience, who will perform your work, and the instruments to be used ?

- What have you learned that 20th century artists, musicians, glassblowers, musical instrument makers, and composers use today as a result of ideas and techniques of the Renaissance (or what the Renaissance borrowed from earlier centuries)?

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