SchoolArts Magazine

February 2015

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28 SchoolArts High School Studio Lesson viewers with big problems in a way that is neither intimidating, nor overly simplistic, nor preachy. Imagining Change I asked students to consider problems that affect them, encouraging them to think beyond their own school, local community, and even nation. I asked, "If you had one wish to change the world, what would you change?" This was challenging for some stu - dents, so we worked collaboratively C an art change the world? Are the personal problems high- school students experience ever connected to larger, global issues? What are some solutions to problems that face our country and the world, and where will these solu - tions come from? Can artists play a role in these solutions? The Challenge I challenged my students with these questions after studying JR's Face 2 Face project, which combines humor and large-scale public photography to challenge prejudice. We also studied George Tooker's social realist paint - ings, which use symbolism to address human isolation and alienation; and Chris Jordan's Running the Num - bers series, which uses photography and a website to draw attention to mass consumption and garbage. One thing that students appreciate about the work of these artists, besides the "wow" factor, is that it connects Carol Horst ONE to brainstorm a list. I later asked them to imagine possible solutions to these problems. Next, students came up with ways to symbolically depict both the prob - lems and possible solutions. If they had to draw objects that represented these challenges, what types of shapes, tex - tures, objects, or patterns would be the most effective? Drawing Solutions I asked students to draw a tabletop rep - What are some solutions to problems that face our country and the world, and where will these solutions come from? Can artists play a role in these solutions? WISH

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