You Do It
|Anything goes when creating artwork, so if you lack in an area find a substitute and use it.|
White sheets of Paper (or any type of paper)
Can of water
Project One: Worse Experience
Suggested Time: two weeks / Individual
Think of your worst experience in life, i.e. the time you got bitten by a snake, or the time you were in a car accident etc.). Choose some colors that best represent the way you felt. Then find imagery that reminds you of the events. With the colors and the imagery you have selected, create a work of art that depicts that event. Let your imagination go. Once you have finished your piece, present it to the class or other people and let them analyze the symbolism.
Project Two: Create your Own "Guernica."
Suggested Time: two weeks / Individual and/or group
Search for images on a magazine or a newspaper. Cut out parts of the images and create a composition that is similar to Pablo Picasso's Guernica. Create a collage with the images you have collected. Make this your own by representing the feeling you get from seeing this painting or by expressing a similar feeling of destruction you have encountered (for example, the time you saw your neighbors house go up in flames, the day your pet died, or any other feeling of loss). Remember to exaggerate the human characteristics to create infrahuman faces and to create a more impactive feeling. Use colors to fill in the clear spaces and to retouch the images, this will also help in connecting the composition and it will give it balance.
Project Three: Commemoration
Suggested Time: Two to three class days / Individual and/or group
Think of a loved one that has passed away. Think of the importance and the influences they had on you. Find a photograph of them and make a copy of it. Enlarge it in so that you get a clearer picture of their face. Think about their personality and chose two to three colors that you can associate to them. After you have chosen your colors. Get a clean sheet of paper (whichever size you prefer), and paste the photocopy in the sheet of paper (wherever you want). Decorate the space that is left with images that remind you of them and write in whatever you want to tell them. Explain your composition to the your family and to the class. This is a good form to commemorate that loved one.
Project Four: Field Trip
Suggested Time: One Day Field Trip, Two week in class / Individual and/or group of two
Visit your nearest museum. Bring with you a notebook and a pencil as well as well a positive mind. Visit the various rooms in the museum, listen to the tour guide and read the caption boxes that are next to the artwork. Find two to three paintings that you think have a theme of war. Interpret their symbolism and write a one to two page paper on this. Do a bit more research on the artist(s) and on the time period in which they lived. Write your paper and create a painting similar to the one you saw in the museum. Turn in or present both the paper and the painting.
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