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Compare and Contrast – Utilitarian Objects

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Compare and Contrast

Critically examining two works of art and finding their similarities and differences does the following:

  • Strengthens students’ ability to remember key content
  • Improves comprehension by highlighting important details
  • Encourages thoughtful analysis and interpretation about the time and place an artwork was made


Have students watch The 5 Ws of Art: Jomon Jar and Talking About Art: Goose Lamp

Following the videos, students will use the worksheet provided below to compare and contrast the two objects.

Utilitarian Objects

The adjective utilitarian describes something that is useful or functional. These two objects from antiquity are considered utilitarian because they had a specific everyday function, like storing food or providing light.


  • Think critically about why objects were used in the past
  • Identify common traits in ancient Asian objects
  • Identify the different purposes and styles of these two objects


  • Videos: The 5 Ws of Art: Jomon Jar and Talking About Art: Goose Lamp (videos located at the bottom of this page)
  • Worksheet
  • Pen or pencil


The teacher will:

  • Play The 5 Ws of Art: – Jomon Jar video
  • Play Talking About Art – Goose Lamp video
  • Help students identify similarities and differences between the two objects


Have students share the similarities and differences they found.

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