Functions of art

Key Concept – Form
Related concepts – Style and Time & Place

Global Context: Personal and Cultural Expression
The aim is to understand how different art forms have a variety of functions that are determined by the intentions of the artist.

Our artistic intention is:
Our artistic intention is to create a piece of functional art; a mask which, expresses the cultural and personal identity of Dr. Seuss.

The function of this mask is to be worn during a celebration of Dr. Seuss’s life. We will achieve creating a function mask which expresses the cultural and personal identity of Dr. Seuss by using aspects from his books that represent his culture and him personally to showcase Dr. Seuss’s identity in our mask.


Digging Deeper 2


images-1 ” » Two-steps to Adventure.” RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2015.

images “Dr. Seuss Wiki.” Dr. Seuss Wiki. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2015.

The biggest personal intention Dr.Seuss had was to share his passion of books to kids and make them learn to love books. He did this using art, and letting is imagination come above the reality. Much of Dr.Seuss’ art in his books was made out of thick lines filled with bright colours. Those colours drove his story and the moral of it. He wanted each pages of his books to be fully developed with a story behind each drawing that moved the visual experience of those books beyond any ordinary book illustration. Even do Dr.Seuss is mostly known being a author that is what best suited him at that time, when money was a problem. He knew he would earn better being an author than an artist. In the beginning of his few books he had not enough money to print them with colours, and professional looking drawings but it still held the touch of Dr.Seuss. As his picture grown bigger, so did his finance and thats when his art came into his everyday work. He enjoyed it more than anything, making art, writing story using society problems thought the eyes of kids. His passion was liked my many and what he really wanted and wished for was to influence people to follow their dreams, because for him it didn’t start off so easily as he ended.

Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 17.10.19 “Cat Behind the Hat.” The Art of Dr. Seuss. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2015.

Dr.Seuss wanted to test out many different art techniques and loved all kinds. He loved portrays and made many of them which are highly prized and reveals a unique inner vision that only the artist can provide. These portrays presented an entirely different examination of who “Dr.Seuss” is and was. The picture below is an example of one on the portrays that Dr.Seuss made.

To conclude the personal intention of Dr.Seuss was to follow your dreams and try to accept who you are as he says “why fit in when you were born to stand out?”. Due to his job he could follow his dream of combining both his writing and his art skills into making an amazing final product






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“10 Stories Behind Dr. Seuss Stories.” Mental Floss. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2015.

Digging Deeper 1

” Dr. Seuss has introduced millions of children to the joys of reading and the magic of the wordplay.”

Dr.-Seuss-Collage “Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss – Book Event and Sweepstakes from Target.” Imagination Soup. N.p., 20 Feb. 2012. Web. 11 Jan. 2015.

How has Dr.Seuss influenced America, and the world you may ask? It is huge how Dr.Seuss influenced the culture of america in a good and positive way. To read more. Since Dr.Seuss was born on March the 2sd he decided to adopt this date as the annual date for the National Read Across America Day. Dr.Seuss’ books not only made reading fun for kids, but also elevated the act of learning itself.

Dr.Seuss’ books had a great impact on kids but what about his art and how that influenced the world? The unique art style of Dr.Seuss influenced the kids in their imaginations and motivation. Many of his books are used in school for younger kids. These books made memorising and learning so much easier for the kids due to the illustrations used since each of his books were illustrated in bright and fun colours. The illustrations in those books are not hard and fun to draw. From research made, it has been said that after a kid had read a Dr.Seuss book and seen the illustrations he enjoyed and was much more motivated in making drawings, paintings and anything related to colours and art. Since the art was not complex in Dr.Seuss’ books, the kids could easily copy and take ideas form the illustrations without having to be frustrated with the little art skills they have.

wall-1 “Nursery DIY: Dr. Suess Wall Art.” Mother Flock RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2015.

As you can see from the picture above the colours and the drawings used work so much better for the kids learn the alphabet than using black and white letter. Dr.Seuss’ art makes learning methods much more affective and attractive,

Dr-Seuss-art-project “Dr. Seuss Day “One Fish Two Fish” Art Project.” Deep Space Sparkle. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2015.

The picture above proves that every kid with every art skills can draw or paint a Dr.Seuss’ illustration. The picture above is made by a 6 year old.

To conclude Dr.Seuss’ had a great impact on the world and was especially liked for reading and learning methods. He influenced society and people, and backwards society and people influenced and inspired him in his powerful work.


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Dr Seuss

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 11.54.31 “5 Powerful Dr. Seuss Quotes To Live By.” The TJ McCoy Blog. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Dec. 2014.

Dr Suess is a fancy famous artist, that was born on March 2 of 2004, and died on September 24, 1991. He was an American child’s author , poet, and artist.He published in his lifetime total of more than 60 books.Among his best known works are The Cat in the Hat. Suess was also know as an illustrator and illustrated most of his own books. His children’s books are to this day popular in the United States and other countries, and edited several times for film and television. His art work is very bright, sensual, visually rich, and extremely detailed. Its very appealing for kids starting to read and even for parents.

Dr Suess’s art works consisted of paintings and drawings. He mostly include photographs of many sculptures created by Geisel. Both forms of art display the characteristic style and form that can be seen in all of his children’s books. All of Dr Seuss’s sculptures display the same themes, which are taxidermy and trophy hunting. Taxidermy is the type of art of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the skins of animals. Each sculpture takes the form of an imaginary and fantastic creature displayed on a wood mount in the style of a hunting trophy. Most of his pieces in this category make use of authentic animal parts.

Dr. Seuss used a wide variety of media in his art. In keeping with the post-modernist tradition, Seuss is very experimental with his media; he even uses a hinged window frame and screen as a frame for one of his oil paintings.

Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 16.19.47 ““Lost” Dr. Seuss Stories Found.” “Lost” Dr. Seuss Stories Found. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2014.

Dr Seuss favoured medium is watercolour, usually either on bristol or illustration board. He also makes ample use of ink or pen, oil, and acrylic. This selection of media helps to expand his distinctive style.

Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 16.24.44 “Dr. Seuss Taxidermy | Geek in Heels.” Geek in Heels Dr Seuss Taxidermy Comments. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2014.

Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 16.24.51 “Deviant Art.” Dr Seuss Taxidermy by Thebiscuitboy on DeviantArt. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2014.

Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 16.24.58 “Seuss Inspired Sculpted Taxidermy by Carl Turner.” Inthralld. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2014.

Taxidermy is always an interesting form of design for interior walls– and though plenty of people either love it or love to hate it, these sculpted pieces of art could prove to be a happy medium for many. Dr.Seuss himself did not make the taxidermy sculptures, instead he ‘inspired’ them, the sculptures were in fact made by the artist Carl Turner. The most distinct aspect of Dr Seuss’s sculpture is his choice of medium. As seen above, all of his sculptures take the form of hunting-lodge trophies in the forms of surreal or fantasy animals.

The message Dr Seuss had and still can be seen through his work, is political messages these are found in many of his books. Not only was Dr Seuss a cartoonist and author for children but he was also a liberal and a moralist who expressed his views in his books through the use of ridicule, satire, wordplay, nonsense words, and wild drawings to take aim at bullies, hypocrites, and demagogues.

The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat was written as a challenge in 1954 in response to an article in Life Magazine that claimed that widespread illiteracy was caused by children being bored with books. The book had an underlying theme that endorsed rebellion in children.

There are many more books that reflect this message such as Horton Hears a Who, Yertle the Turtle, The Sneetches, The Lorax, Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! And The Butter Battle Book. 

Dr Seuss’s art message was political, there by he was inspired in his work by war and Adolf Hitler, and Japan. During World War II , Dr Seuss shifted, and he began contributing weekly political cartoons to PM magazine, a liberal publication. Too old for the draft, but wanting to contribute to the war effort, Dr Seuss served with Frank Capra’s Signal Corps (U.S. Army) making training movies. It was here that he was introduced to the art of animation and developed a series of animated training films featuring a trainee called Private Snafu.

For this project my partner and I, were with out any doubts attracted to Dr Seuss. When we had to think of an artist she directly said Dr Seuss, and I accepted straight away. To me it was a great choice because I could remember reading Dr Seuss’s books being younger and loving the pictures in them. The fact that his art is more approaching towards kids art is also why I wanted to work on this artist. Kids art is usually very originally but still reflect on the reality of the world, it is VERY colourful and attractive to look at. Let’s say it in other words, it is NEVER boring art.


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