"Begin with art, because art tries to take us outside ourselves." 

 -W.E.B. Du Bois




Have you ever looked at a work of art and thought, "I could have done that"? 


A. Watch the video "I could do that" then discuss your reaction to the ideas presented: With what do you agree? 

With what do you disagree?



B. Consider each of the works of art below by responding to the following questions:

1. What does this image show? Who or what is in the image?

2. Study the composition of the image: how are the elements arranged? Where is your eye drawn? Why? 

3. What do you see that represents or interprets the human experience?

4. What do you see that appeals to you personally? 


Bedtime Aviation by Ron Gonsalves


1. What does this image show? Who or what is in the image?

2. Study the composition of the image: how are the elements arranged? Where is your eye drawn? Why? 

3. What do you see that represents or interprets the human experience?

4. What do you see that appeals to you personally? 


"Migrant Mother" by Dorothea Lange


1. What does this image show? Who or what is in the image?

2. Study the composition of the image: how are the elements arranged? Where is your eye drawn? Why? 

3. What do you see that represents or interprets the human experience?

4. What do you see that appeals to you personally? 


 

Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh


1. What does this image show? Who or what is in the image?

2. Study the composition of the image: how are the elements arranged? Where is your eye drawn? Why? 

3. What do you see that represents or interprets the human experience?

4. What do you see that appeals to you personally? 




Watch "Color of Reality" with contemporary movement artists Jon Boogs and Lil Buck, and installation artist Alexa Meade.


1. What does this image show? Who or what is in the image?

2. Study the composition of the image: how are the elements arranged? Where is your eye drawn? Why? 

3. What do you see that represents or interprets the human experience?

4. What do you see that appeals to you personally? 


To view more work by Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, follow this link. 



C. Listen to Neil Gaiman's speech, "Make Good Art."  Write a paragraph discussing your reactions to his ideas. 





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