The Art of Protest

We’ve read and viewed a number of things dealing with how people speak out against injustice:

        

With each reading, we’ve talked about when it is necessary to make your voice heard and which values you would be willing to stand up and defend.  For your assignment, I’d like you to explore the ways in which you can make yourself heard. 

  1. First, choose an issue you feel passionately about. What is something you would be willing to stand up and protest?

What do you protest???  That’s completely up to you. You’ll probably notice when you’re looking for your inspiration that most protest art is political in nature. Yours can be political, but it does not have to be.  You could protest an injustice you see at Novi (bullying, stereotyping, etc) or an injustice against teens or another particular group. It’s up to you, but make sure you choose something you care about.  Protest art is only effective when the artist is protesting something to which he or she is truly committed.

  1. Next, do some writing and research:

  3.   Choose one of the following options to create your own, original protest art about the topic you chose:

   4.  Share your work in our protest art museum on Jan 14.  You will post your art in the room along with a plaque giving the art’s title, artist and a brief (2-3 sentence) description of the piece. 

How will your art be graded?

Please note: I am not grading your artistic talents; however, I am grading your ability to create something that shows your point of view. Careful construction, neat work and clear message are the keys to success with this portion of the assignment.

4:        Art is very carefully constructed/ created. Time and effort clearly went into the production of this piece. The piece shows creativity and originality. Student’s written explanation of piece is clear and concise.

3        Art is very carefully constructed/ created. Time and effort clearly went into the production of this piece. The piece shows creativity and originality. Student’s explanation of piece is mostly clear and concise except for minor, isolated problems.

2        Art is constructed/ created well, but more time or attention to detail could have made this a more polished piece. The piece attempts creativity and originality, but does not show enough student thought and expression. Student’s explanation of piece is unclear in several places or needs to be more concise overall. Student attempts to make connections between the piece and its meaning in the explanation but these connections are unclear in places.

1        Art needed much more time or attention to detail in order to make this a polished piece. The piece lacks creativity and originality. Student does not show his own thought and expression in this piece. Connections between the piece and its meaning in the explanation are vague and need much clearer detail.  

TODAY IN CLASS (THURSDAY, JANUARY 7)

  1. Look at the Art of Protest assignment on the back of this sheet. Read it carefully. We will be following this schedule for the next few days:

        

        Today:                         Review assignment, choose topic, begin researching and brainstorming

        Friday:                        Art Speeches

        Monday:                        Finish art speeches, begin working on Art of Protest piece and argument CR

        Tuesday/Wednesday:        Work on Art of Protest piece and argument CR

        Thursday:                Art of Protest museum (art pieces DUE and argument CR DUE)

    2.  Choose a topic and begin researching your position.  Your position needs to be a “should” statement that

        is both arguable and defensible. The following statements do not work:

        If you are struggling to come up with a topic, browse the SIRS database on the Media Center website. Go to:

Write your SHOULD statement here: (turn this in at the end of class today)

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       3.   Once you have your “should” statement, find and print 1-2 articles (quality sources! no blogs! use the

    databases!) that support your point of view. Print those articles and bring them to class on

    MONDAY. You’ll use them to write a constructed response that supports your should statement.    

ART SPEECHES ARE TOMORROW!! MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR SLIDE IN THE CLASS POWERPOINT! PRACTICE YOUR SPEECH TONIGHT!