Visual Arts and the Hall of
Fame Experience
Field Trip/Video Conference Experience
Presented by the Pro Football Hall of Fame
The Pro Football Hall of Fame
The purpose of the Pro Football Hall of Fame is to
honor, preserve, educate and promote the game of
professional football.
The HOF opened in 1963 and was originally
comprised of two buildings.
The types of galleries in the museum are varied,
containing a vast number of objects and textual
items that are on display.
Intro to the Displays
The are many types of displays within the Pro
Football Hall of Fame.
Art is a universal language serving as a form of
visual communication throughout the displays.
Imagine how the museum would look and
function if all forms of art were removed.
Forms of Art in the
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Fine art in the HOF includes but is not limited to
sculptures, drawings, paintings, architecture and
Commercial art in the HOF includes but is not limited
to cartooning, lettering, logo design, caricatures,
display design, jewelry design, photography, graphic
arts, videography and computer graphics.
There are generally two forms of sculptures – relief
and in the round (freestanding).
Both forms of sculpture can be additive (built up) or
subtractive (carved).
Examples of sculptural works of art in the museum
include relief figures, statues and busts.
The Sculptural Process of
Bronze Casting
Cast bronze sculptures require several steps.
This sculptural method originated in ancient Greece.
The busts of all HOF inductees have been made from
cast bronze after making a clay model.
Find similarities and differences in the two busts shown below:
Bust of Franco Harris, 1990
Bust of Aristotle, 325 B.C.
Bronze Casting
Marble sculpture
Sculpting the Bust of John Elway –
Initial Clay Model
Compare the two full size statues. How are they alike? How do they differ? Does each effectively achieve its purpose?
Sculpture of Jim Thorpe, 1963
Discus thrower, Roman Copy
Bronze Casting
of Greek Bronze casting, 485 B.C.
The Process of Relief Sculpture
The earliest examples of relief sculptures are found in
European caves, Sumeria and Ancient Egypt.
Relief sculptures cannot be viewed from all sides, as
they remain attached to a background. They are either
carved into their background or built up over it.
Comparison of Relief Sculptures
Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1963. Sculptor: Dale Drulius.
Pounded copper. The group portrays a wide receiver, a tackle
and a guard.
Greek Horses from a frieze on the Parthenon, 450 Bc.
Carved Marble. The group portrays gods involved in a battle.
Notice that the viewer is not able to see the reverse side of these Relief sculptures. What else is similar about them?
The concept of “form follows function” in architecture
was created by Louis Sullivan in the late 1800’s.
Domes have been used by architects throughout
Domes are often constructed over circular rooms
called rotundas.
The floor plan of a building shows an aerial view of the
exterior shape and the interior layout, including
placement of rooms.
Comparison of Domes
Pro Football HOF
Canton, Ohio
Rome, Italy
U.S. Capital
Washington, D. C.
How are they similar?
How do they differ?
Dome Interiors
Can you match these domes to the exterior views shown in the
previous slide?
“Form Follows Function”
-Louis Sullivan
Carson Piery Scott
Pro Football HOF
Department Store
Private residence
Chicago, Illinois
Bear Run, PA
Canton, Ohio
How does the design or form of each building make it function as intended by the architect?
Painting and Drawing
Portraits and Illustrations
Portraits were originally created to create a lasting
image of an individual for historical purposes. Before
photography, drawn or painted portraits were the only
way to capture this image. Portraits today can be in
many forms.
Drawing techniques are used to create cartoons,
portraits, illustrations and a variety of other ideas. If
you visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame, be observant
of the ways that drawings are used in the exhibits.
Formal Portraits – Painted in Oils
Commissioner Pete Rozelle
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
How are the sitters of these portraits represented? What can you learn about these men by observing their portraits?
Jacques Louis David
How are these portraits different from the previous slide?
What do these portraits tell you about the men they portray?
The Iron Man
Photography was commonly used in the 1800’s, but
was not considered an art form until the turn of the
Photography was originally used to document people
and events.
Photography can enhance museum displays in a
variety of ways.
There are many examples of both still and action
photography in the museum.
Action photography example
Still photography example
Discuss two possible parts of a logo
Discuss the design and purpose of a logo
Discuss where logos might be found at the Pro
Football Hall of Fame.
Can you identify these logos? Which are easier to Identify? Why?
Museum Visit Activities
Identify sculptures in the museum by form (relief or
Choose a favorite sculpture and explain why it appeals
to you.
Describe the sculpture to someone who has never
seen it.
Museum Visit Activities
Observe the architecture of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Describe building materials, shapes and sizes of various
components of the structure.
Observe the floor plan of the museum – consider the
height and color of walls and ceilings, the flow of people
as they observe displays, the effect of the lighting.
Note the sizes of the various rooms in the museum and
explain why they are large or small, whether they have
bright or subtle lighting.
Museum Visit Activities
As you tour the museum, watch for portraits. Ask who
the portraits represent and why they are included in
the museum.
What forms of art were used to create the portraits?
Are they painted, drawn, photographed or sculpted?
Museum Visit Activities
Identify areas where photographs are used in museum
displays. What do the photographs show? How did
you learn from them?
Choose a favorite photograph and explain the reasons
for your selection. Is your favorite photograph a still
shot or an action shot?
Follow-up Activities
Design the floor plan and exterior of a museum,
choosing your own theme. How will the exterior
indicate what’s to be found inside?
Determine the sizes and shapes of rooms and the
types of displays.
Create a museum display, choosing your own theme.
What forms of art work will the display contain? Will it
include sculpture, portraits, photography and/or
logos? What type of text will accompany the display?
Follow-up Activities
Research another museum and compare its
physical features to those of the Pro Football Hall
of Fame.
Research logos. Determine which logos are most
readily identified in the United States and around
the world. Why are these logos effective? Design a
logo that represents you or one of your interests.

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