Monday, December 15, 2014

6th Grade - Updated Portraits inspired by Kehinde Wiley

I'm always excited to introduce new, contemporary artists to my students, especially when they're as awesome and important as Kehinde Wiley.  To start, we delve deep into discussions about stereotypes and perceptions as we look at examples of Wiley's work.  Then we view his work as a reflection of modern time.  For the project, I pick out prints (this one, this one, or this one) of some traditional artwork from long ago, and it's up to the 6th graders to update what's happening in the painting for 2014.  6th graders are experts on modern culture, and their ideas on how to update the paintings are inspired.

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