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Using art to explore consumerism

WHILST IN WASHINGTON, D.C., we had the opportunity to see “According to What?”, a large survey of Ai Weiwei’s work at the Hirshhorn Museum where Kruger’s “Belief + Doubt” was also installed. Seeing the work they had been studying first hand was a great experience for many of our art students and helped deepen their understanding of the artwork, as well as the creative process.

As a culmination of the project, students were given the theme “Consume, Consumer” to interpret and create an original artwork. Planning, developing and refining ideas are important parts of creating effective and meaningful artwork and students are required to record and present their process. The quality of work produced was very high and the students all worked very well to create highly successful artwork throughout the project.

Gawa’s “Consume, consumer”

Joseph’s triptych “Consume consumers”

Yodsel’s anamorphic drawing and evaluation

Liisa’s “Nothing is infinite; Consumerism must stop”

Isaac’s planning and installation views for his 3 dimensional piece “Hangman”

Sydney’s “Consumer”

Tiana’s “It’s in you, is it?”

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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