Have you ever noticed how a building makes you feel? Architects
often design and plan buildings so that the people who enter
them will have a unique sensory experience. Sometimes our
attention is drawn to a building's exterior as we approach
it from the street. Other buildings captivate us with their
interior spaces, such as lobbies and entryways. Like artists,
architects take into consideration shape, light, texture,
color, and balance when designing a building. Many buildings
also contain actual artworks, such as sculptures or murals,
which enhance the design. The combination of art and the artistic
design of space helps to make a tour of a building an enjoyable,
memorable experience. A well-designed building can be viewed
as an enormous, three-dimensional work of art that is both
functional and beautiful.
|Take a tour
of some of the well-known architecture of North America.
First, click on the button that will print out your worksheet.
Then, click on the Great Buildings site listed in your
Artist's Passport below. Visit five or six of the buildings
on the tour. Then answer the questions on your worksheet.
When you have finished, return to the Artist's Passport
and click on Public Art links. These sites will show you
artworks located at buildings in different cities. Choose
the city you are curious about, and look at some artworks
located at various buildings and other public spaces.
Answer the questions on your worksheet.
Artist's Passport Web Links
York City, NY