L O O K I N G & L E A R N I N G
Yung Jake prefers to conduct interviews via text message.
Introduce students to Yung Jake's
artwork by showing them one of his
emoji portraits. After some discussion
about the subjects of the portraits and
how they were made, introduce one or
more paintings from his Fiji water bot
tle series (see page 42). Then inform
students that they were created by the
same artist. Ask:
• What do these portraits and this
painting have in common? How are
• Why might an artist choose to
make portraits of famous people?
• How does his use of emojis make
these pieces unique? What might he
be commenting on?
• Is there a common thread that unifies
all of his artwork? If so, what do
you think it might be?
Create a portrait of the person
of your choice using scraps of
colored paper, LEGOs
or other material appropriate for
Create a work of art that responds
to internet culture using two-
dimensional materials or digital
Create a series of 3–5 artworks
that respond to an aspect of con
temporary pop or internet culture.
Each piece should be created in
a substantially different format
with the media of your choice.
How can you explore a single
idea through completely different
Written by Karl Cole, Art Historian and
Curator of Images at Davis Publications
and Robb Sandagata, Digital Curriculum
Director and Editor at Davis Publications.
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28 APRIL 2017 SchoolArts