What are things made of?

What material was used to make this horse head?

(a) wood
(b) jade
(c) ebony
(d) clay
(e) bronze
(f) soap

How do you know?
How was it made? What tools were used?


How do you know this is a statue of a HORSE? Give at least five reasons.

What was probably used to make this Hinawa Horse? Explain your thinking.

(a) wood

(b) clay (ceramics)

(c) iron

(d) woven threads

How stable is this horse compared to the one below? How do materials used affect the stability of the art?


This small horse was cast from
(a) cheese
(b) bronze metal
(c) cement

What properties of bronze make it possible to cast a horse that stands up for centuries on one foot?
(a) It melts and can be poured into a mold
(b) It becomes rigid when it cools
(c) It doesn't break easily.
(d) With care it won't corrode very fast.
(e) all of the above


How can we see more or see in a different way?
We use photography in many ways to extend our sense of vision. We can slow things down (stop a balloon in mid-pop) and speed them up (see grass grow) with special techniques in photography. We can see things very far away, very close up and even at night with special lenses, special film, and special sensors. Photographs become records of what we have seen and can be used as references in the future. Artists also see and communicate through photography, and they often "do science" in the process of discovering new things or using special techniques.

Photographs were used by (first name?) Muybridge to study humans and other animals in motion. These photos from a series of cameras lined up along the path of the horse, and his investigations of motion, were done in (year?) How could you record the motion of living things, or nonliving things, today? What motions might be interesting to record in a mobility study? How would you go about it?