This past week students in Ms. Nevers' Gr9, 10, 11, & 12 Visual Arts classes have been exploring a wide range of issues in visual arts, together with support from the secondary school librarian.
In Grade 9, students are exploring the role of chitenge in Zambian culture, as well as the way that space communicates values. The Grade 9 Visual Arts students are in the early stages of creating their own original patterns, inspired by chitenge and incorporating their own personally relevant symbols, in order to paint new ceiling tiles for the secondary library.
In Grade 10, students have embarked on a unit about "artivism," which deals with the role the arts play in creating social change (a combination of "art" and "activism"). We read the article "Why Art Has the Power to Change the World" and shared our reactions on a padlet. We explored several examples of "artivist" works and shared findings in small "breakout" groups. Students are reflecting on issues about which they are most passionate that will lead them to create their own artivist pieces.
In Grade 11, we considered the question, "In a time of crisis, is art essential?" and explored artists of the student's choosing from among these eight artists referenced in this recent NYT "True Believers" issue. We also discussed themes and issues in art that are likely to stem from the COVID pandemic era.
In Grade 12, students have explored a range of open source on-line art resources, reviewed how to cite art, and have looked at Comparative Study exemplars to work on the development of their own comparative studies. Many resources and videos for these lessons may be found on the Visual Arts Libguide (PW: same as for parent portal).
Image citation: "Artivism" retrieved from threadless.com/artivism
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