Teaching Ideas

Encouraging Dialogue

For Students K-12

  • Look carefully at the figures. How do the male and female figures differ? Do they stand in a natural way? Try taking the pose yourself and describe how you feel.

  • Describe the structure of the stool as a whole. Why do you think that the artist carved four legs and a shaft in the center? The stool as a whole describes the structure of the world. The base is the earth; the seat is the sky; and the shaft is the central tree or supporting axis of the world. The four outside legs represent the cardinal directions.

  • How do you think it would feel to sit on this stool?

  • Do you have a special chair or piece of furniture at home? What makes it special?