The students will work on the library computers and use the Internet. Students will be asked to research a contemporary artist of color - Puerto Rican or African American. Once they have made a selection and read about the artist and seen an example of his or her artwork they return to the art room and create a piece of their own inspired by the artist they have chosen.
1. Research a contemporary artist of color on the Internet.
2. Return to art room and create a piece of their own inspired by the artist they have chosen.
Procedures and Materials
Students will create a new work inspired by their chosen artist in a media of their choice: pencil, watercolor, tempera, clay. This lesson offers the opportunity to seek out a variety of artists that relate to the topic of expression. Suggestions will be made to include: Jacob Lawrence, William Johnson, and Puerto Rican folk artists.
Students will be asked to closely examine the work of the artists they have chosen to see if some of the issues which
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brought forth are present in the work of their chosen artist.
The works created by the students will be displayed on the wall beside the graffiti wall. Our discussion will seek to make connections with the previous lessons and the newly inspired work.