SchoolArts Magazine

APR 2019

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36 APRIL 2019 SchoolArts M any of us cringe when we hear the word "selfie." We often think of teenagers, as well as adults, standing awk - wardly in front of their phone trying to get the perfect shot. A selfie is defined as a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone, and shared via social media. Thinking about our student population and their obsession with technology (as well as with themselves), I thought, why not make a lesson out of this? It would definitely catch students' attention. Incorporating Famous Artists I started looking into parody art—how people can take famous or well-known could show me documented informa - tion about the artist. Each student looked up biographical information and analyzed one of the artist's works of art. That artwork would then serve as the background of their final designs. Isn't a Selfie Just a Picture of Me? For this project, a selfie wasn't neces- sarily a picture of oneself. I asked stu- E L E M E N T A R Y Artist-Inspired SELFIES Leigh Drake This assignment allowed students to gain connections and understanding of artists through a simple selfie portrait. works of art and turn them into some- thing comical. I thought to myself, how can I make this more than just a parody? How can I make this a learn - ing experience? Upper elementary students often know several artists' names through verbal recognition, but can they associate the name with the artwork? I wanted this experience to be memorable and provide that recogni - tion of famous artists and their work. Choosing and Researching an Artist Students each chose an artist who was easily recognizable. I provided students with a list of historical and contem - porary artists they could choose from. They could also go off the list if they

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