Design Waves - Art Nouveau

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Design Waves - Art Nouveau

Key Stage 4 and 5
First published 2016

Design Waves is a series of teaching resources exploring influential design movements and the context in which they emerged.

This series of PowerPoint based resources is intended to provide KS4/5 students with a background knowledge of different design movements, the context and conditions from which they emerged, examples of their output and the influences they have had upon other designers and movements in the 20th and 21st Centuries. Some of the movements are more closely aligned with the arts but have nevertheless had considerable influence on design and technology and can be used to help students understand the contexts in which designing takes place and inspire them to develop individual work of their own.

Each PowerPoint contains information on the leading figures in the movement; the political, cultural, economic and technological context of the period in which it emerged; a summary of the movement’s ideas, influences, output, and the legacy as both artefacts and inspiration. Each contains suggestions for further activities based on the movement’s features.

Teachers are encouraged to adapt the PowerPoints and notes to the needs of their students and curriculum, or may use them as summary background information for a period in history and the products of that period. The resource includes links to websites where further information can be found if required.

Art Nouveau

This PowerPoint resource looks at the brief, but significant movement and the period from the 1880s in which it first emerged. It considers the cultural, artistic, political, economic and technological influences surrounding its inception and introduces the key figures, including Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Gustav Klimt and the influences it had for other movements and in design generally.

Art Nouveau embraced all aspects of design and art across many countries. Although idealistic in its forms and subject matter, it used mass manufacturing techniques which allowed products to become available widely, unlike the parallel Arts and Crafts movement.The key features include stylised curves and lines with inspiration derived from nature and featuring floral forms and motifs. Products included architecture, sculpture, ceramics, glassware, furniture, painting, graphics, and household items such as cutlery. The movement left its mark on the designs of many later products from sculpture to cars and was influential in many 1960s designs.

Further titles in the series include:

The set of all six titles is also available.

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