Art | Preparation and Resources

Make Your Mark: Design with a Purpose


To prepare to teach this lesson, teachers should:

  • Watch the Vanna Venturi House segment from the PBS special, 10 Buildings that Changed America, on DVD or at CONTENT NOTE: In this segment, Robert Venturi makes an obscene gesture. It is electronically masked, but in a way that makes his intention clear.
  • Review the section titled “Art Instruction.”
  • Review resources below to be familiar with the Vanna Venturi House.
  • Review resources below to be familiar with model-making techniques.



  • Key Houses of the Twentieth Century: Plans, Sections and Elevations by Colin Davies
  • The Architecture of Robert Venturi by Christopher Mead
  • Architectural Modelmaking by Nick Dunn
  • Model Making by Megan Werner

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