SchoolArts Magazine

February 2018

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H I G H S C H O O L A s new digital technologies emerge and improve, there has also been a notable resurgence of analog technologies. With this resurgence comes a renewed interest in zines, self-published book- lets or magazines typically produced on a photocopier. Zine gatherings and Collaborative ZINES Zachary Gresham swaps are taking place in cities across the country, and in 2016, both Solange and Frank Ocean published limited edition zines to accompany their album releases. Because of the current trendi- ness of zines and my deep-rooted a ppreciation for the format, I knew I needed to find a way to incorpo- rate zines into my curriculum. The z ine as a format works well in the classroom setting since it's flexible, open-ended, and accessible, and pro - vides an interesting and welcome a lternative to the usual paper and/or slideshow presentation. Art History Topics For this assignment, I introduce the zine format, pass around examples of zines, and encourage students to start thinking about the art history topic they want to cover. Suggested topics range from pre-Columbian art and archaeology, to Mexican mural - ism and the Harlem Renaissance, t o performance art. I always try to encourage students to look beyond the familiar choices such as Impres - sionism and Pop Art, and instead Haley Lit, grade twelve. Art of West Africa zine. 34 FEBRUAR Y 2018 SchoolArts

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