HANDS ON: Jeff Koons

The following activity ideas can be used to engage audiences in a hands-on approach to processing the ideas presented in the artist's film segment. They were compiled from our Educators' Guides and Screening Toolkits. Activities include not only visual art strategies but writing, research, and other disciplinary methods. Additional resources and strategies for teaching with films and working with contemporary art can be found in Teach.


"Self-Portrait," 1991. Marble, 37 1/2 x 20 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches. Installation view of Jeff Koons Versailles, Château de Versailles, France, October 9, 2008-April 1, 2009. © Jeff Koons. Courtesy the artist.

Select an object, idea, or element from popular culture that you think is important but misunderstood or not taken seriously. Appropriate and transform it to make a work of art that reflects its significance.

Design a toy inspired by a famous work from art history.


SEGMENT: Jeff Koons in "Fantasy"

Jeff Koons says: "You know, art can be something which can really disempower people, or it can be a vehicle which can empower people." Work with your class to put together a slideshow of artworks you consider to be either empowering or disempowering. Discuss the formal elements of these works, and identify the elements that either give or take away power from the viewer. Consider this question: what is the power of art?


"Rabbit," detail, 1986. Stainless steel, 41 x 19 x 12 inches. Installation view of "Jeff Koons Versailles," Château de Versailles, France, October 9, 2008-April 1, 2009. © Jeff Koons. Courtesy the artist.