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Doorways & Passages

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Design +2 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

Doorways are the transition point from one place to another.  They can be functional, decorative, symbolic, or a combination of all three.  Work with a partner to view and discuss a selection of doorways.

  • What does it look like?
  • What is it made of?
  • Where do you think it leads?
  • How does it impact the viewer or person who might want to enter/exit?

ART MAKING CHALLENGES: 

  • Design a doorway or passageway that symbolizes what happens inside.
  • Design a doorway or passageway that links a physical place to an imaginary one.
  • Design a doorway to represent a transition from one period of your life to another. 

Doorway to Ndebele Homestead

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives

The Doorway

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Buildings and Doorways

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Mrs. Ashton in Doorway

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives

House Model

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Gate V, from the Garden Gate Series

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Model of grocery store

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Granary model

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Model of a Buddhist shrine

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Model of a house

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Funerary model of a twin-towered gate

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Shrine

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Astor Memorial Doors [sculpture] / (photographed by Wurts Brothers)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Final maquette for Locations

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Arab Door

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Screen Door

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Ten Doors

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Cotton Warehouse Door with Cart--Selma, Alabama

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Qasr-i Abu Nasr (Iran): Standing Door Frame [graphic]

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Castine Door

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Moongate, Entryway to Sackler Garden

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

White Door--near Stewart, Alabama

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Victorian Gates on A&I Building

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Going Home, (sculpture)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Bad Dream House #2, (sculpture)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums