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February 2016

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M A N A G I N G T H E A R T R O O M A Choice Board for Freedom A fter overhearing a student make a flippant comment about how "it's a free coun- try so I can do whatever I want," I decided to develop a lesson around the idea of freedom. I wanted students to consider the concept of freedom and the ethics, costs, and benefits related to it, and also as it applies to art. The choice board in this lesson helped students initially explore the concept of freedom before moving on to a proj- ect related to civil rights. By requiring students to make three choices, one from each of the three categories, I was able to ensure that all students responded through creating artwork, reading and writing, and considering the ethics of freedom. Choice 1: The Four Freedoms View and read about Norman Rock- well's series of paintings titled Four Freedoms. Are these the four free- doms you would have chosen? If yes, describe why. If no, write about or sketch what four freedoms you believe all people should have. Choice 2: Personal Freedom Describe in words and an artwork one freedom you wish you had that you currently do not have, or a freedom that you wish all people had in our world. What are some ways that this freedom can be achieved? Choice 3: Watch Two Short Newscasts on Graffiti Artists (Links to videos in Web Links) If Heather Leah Ryerson Fountain freedom is "the right to do what you want," should graffiti artists have the right to create their art anywhere, even on someone else's property, without it being against the law? Write a persua- sive paper to justify your point of view. Choice 4: Benefits/Costs of Freedom Create a 3D work that displays your consideration of the benefits of free- dom and the costs. Choice 5: The Rockefeller Controversy Read the "Rockefeller Controversy" (See Web Links) and debate the fol- lowing issues of freedom: Did Diego Rivera, as the artist of the mural, have the right to refuse to repaint the face, as requested by Mr. Rockefeller? Did Mr. Rockefeller have the right to destroy the mural? Justify your answers. Choice 6: The Problem We All Live With Read about Norman Rockwell's The Problem We All Live With. Does our freedom give us the right to treat other people any way we want? Does it give us the freedom to say and do whatever we want, even if it hurts others? Choice 7: Freedom to Appropriate Art Artists often get ideas from other artist's work. How would you feel if someone took your ideas and used them in their own work? What if they took your work and made fun of it by changing it into something different than you intended? Choice 8: What Does Freedom Mean to You? Create a podcast that expresses your ideas. Be sure to add a minimum of ten images and a clear expression of your ideas. You may use narrative voiceover, additional sound such as music, or rely on images alone, as long as your point of view is clearly expressed. CONTINUED ON PAGE 45. I wanted students to consider the concept of freedom and the ethics, costs, and benefits related to it, and also as it applies to art. 14 FEBRUARY 2016 SchoolArts

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