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AUG-SEP 2010

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Compassion Looking & Learning Create Elementary Have students create "portraits of praise." Think about all of the reasons why we appreciate people who work to ensure our safety, and scaffold the discussion with information about Mierle Laderman Ukeles and how she devotes her life and art to recognizing service workers. Have students create life-sized portraits of an important member of their community who may be overlooked. Ask them to add words to the portrait that describe the person and their appreciation of the individual. Have students hang their portraits or present them to their inspirations. This exercise will help develop students' gratitude for the people they need on a daily basis. dimensional modeling of an original design for an "invention for change." Like Ukeles, students might focus on service workers who are often taken for granted, and like Wodiczko, students might interview those workers, asking them what might make their lives better. Encourage students to work in design teams to decide upon an issue or problem to consider, do some research about the problem (which might include interviewing people associated with it), brainstorm ideas for addressing the issue or problem, sketch plans, and create a prototype for their invention. Focusing upon issues faced by single parents working away from home, for example, students might create a design for a robot or other device that could help monitor children. Middle School Have students create whimsical creatures or "flying machines" to symbolically carry away the problems that some people face—hunger, loss, poverty, neglect, abuse. Students should write the problem on a strip of paper and creatively attach it to the artwork. For example, a student might create a bird carrying a slip of paper in its mouth with the word "bullying" written on it. Create a "skournal" (a combination sketchbook and journal) about people for whom they have compassion, and sketch ideas for their flying sculptures. Ask them to consider some problems or issues that people encounter. Remind them that Ukeles thought about people who have been ignored or taken for granted. Kollwitz and Wodiczko thought about people living in poverty, while Siqueiros remembered people who fought against political oppression. CREDITS Developed by the Kutztown University Looking and Learning Team, with Dr. Marilyn Stewart and graduate students Amy Ahn, Zoe DeHart, Amanda Deibert, Cassie Langan, Jennifer Low, Ellen Pados, and Katherine Schneider. Lead author, Ellen Pados, teaches art at Harrison Morton Middle School in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Social Mirror, 1983. Mirror-covered sanitation truck. Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York. High School Allow Wodiczko's Homeless Vehicle to serve as the inspiration for students' own two-dimensional drafting and three- Resources Additional Digital Images Art:21, Season 5: Compassion www.pbs.org/art21/series/seasonfive/compassion.php www.davisartimages.com/lookingandlearning Käthe Kollwitz at Gallerie St. Etienne www.gseart.com/artists.asp?ArtistID=67 David Alfaro Siqueiros, National Gallery of Art www.nga.gov/education/classroom/self_portraits/bio_siqueiros.shtm Mierle Ukeles, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts www.feldmangallery.com Krzysztof Wodiczko at Art:21, Season 3: Power www.pbs.org/art21/series/seasonthree/power.html Suzy Becker, Kids Make It Better www.suzybecker.com/index.php?page=about&family=books Visit the Davis Art Images website for ten additional fine-art digital images to support the concepts discussed in Looking and Leaning. Krzysztof Wodiczko, The Hiroshima Projection, public project at the A-Bomb Dome, Hiroshima, Japan, August 7–8 1999. Courtesy the Artist and Galerie LeLong, New York.

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