Advertising with an Attitude: An Aesthetic, Emotional and Intellectual Experience. (on the Art Career Track)

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Career awareness in the art field is very important in education. To introduce advertising design to my fourth- and fifth-grade students, I showed them examples of advertisements in magazines and pamphlets in which the products for sale had been illustrated with a well-known artwork.

I explained that the targeted audience is considered to be composed of tasteful people who are familiar with fine art and appreciate beauty in "the finer things in life." By placing the product within the work of art, the advertising designer is hoping to create the desire in people to buy the product.


ART We looked at a magazine ad in which a Jaguar automobile had been placed in the middle of a Rousseau-type jungle painting, and discussed its connection to the jaguars that live in the jungle. Students also responded aesthetically to the beauty of the jungle painting.

We observed a pamphlet in which a radio station had reproduced one end of Georges Seurat's Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, and had placed headphones on the people and the monkey. We discussed how the headphones connected the radio station to the painting and added humor. Students responded to the advertisement emotionally through laughter.

We admired a Cheese Nips advertisement in which Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa was holding a box of crackers. The caption stated, "Cheese Nips put a smile on your lips." We discussed the clever combination of a painting of a lady from the 1500s with a modern product, noting that the ad used humor to appeal to our emotions.

Students also discussed a Mercury automobile advertisement that they had seen on TV, which showed a Mercury being driven over the bridge in Edvard Munch's The Scream. Students responded intellectually to the painting because they were familiar with it.

Pretending to be advertising designers for a large company, students were asked to design an ad to promote the sale of a real or imaginary product. …