SchoolArts Magazine

December 2017

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32 DECEMBER 2017 SchoolArts M I D D L E S C H O O L Song Lyric SILHOUETTES Jennifer Conrow A nyone who has worked with teenagers knows that one way to pique their interest is to ask them about the kind of music they listen to. Whether it's rap, country, metal, or pop, they are only too happy to discuss their favorite artists and explain to you why they love them. I decided to capitalize on this interest with my Studio Art students through a project I call Song Lyric Silhouettes. Introducing Kara Walker I began this activity with an intro- duction to artist Kara Walker. Walker makes giant silhouette installations that portray the plight of American slaves, often focusing on the women. She presents her sil - houettes as a narrative displaying the evils of the relationship between slave and master. Some of Walker's images are rather graphic, so I needed to be cautious about which images I shared, but the effect of her storytell - ing really resonated with students. Finding a Song Next, I challenged students to find a song in which the lyrics told a strong narrative. I explained that only

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