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Creating art using power and persuasion


AS PART OF THEIR ART CLASS, Grade 9 and 10 students spent the first part of our term in Boston considering what the artist’s role in society is and how they or their work can incite change. This unit of work entitled “Power and Persuasion” was framed by the life and art of Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei, American artist Barbara Kruger’s text-based critique and commentary on consumer culture and the work of a variety of Pop artists who made use of appropriated imagery and text. Students explored the visual and conceptual implications of these artworks through discussion and analysis, finally creating their own original artworks inspired by the images, techniques or ideas encountered. Examples of their work can be found below:

Yuan Yuan’s analysis of Ai’s “Forever Bicycles”

Cameron’s analysis of Barbara Kruger’s “The innocent have nothing to fear”

Alejandro’s “Chasqui”

Fatima’s visual response to Andy Warhol

Samhaoir’s visual response to Claes Oldenburg

Hannah’s visual response to Ai Weiwei

Paul’s visual response to Ai Weiwei

Melissa’s visual response to Roy Lichtenstein

Hudson’s “Wings”

Take a look at the Grade 9 and Grade 10 tag dashboards to follow the development of each student’s ideas and for more great work. Stay tuned for the new unit of work “Telling Tales” focused on narrative painting.

This article is posted on our online learning platform, THINK Spot.

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