Students will create a “you” doll sculpture and poem in the style of Della Wells. This sculpture should embody this individual and show the viewers who this person is and what they represent. This lesson teaches students about painting and reinforces sewing techniques.
Students will study the biography and artwork of self-taught artist Martin Ramirez. Through this exploration, students will then translate their own memories and experiences of migration into a collaborative collage.
Inspired by the work of artists Wesley and Ricky Willis, students collaboratively explored community building through visual arts and dance. Community is a uniquely important topic to Franklin Fine Arts students because they live in many different neighborhoods across the city. We chose to study the works of Wesley Willis and his brother Ricky Willis, two brothers whose distinct art works live as an homage to Chicago and their neighborhoods. We were intrigued by Wesley’s famous drawings of the skyline and by Ricky’s sculptural renderings of Chicago structures both famous and ordinary. During this project, students discussed their experiences in their own communities, as well as the social and physical resources needed to create a neighborhood. How do we build places that can connect people with what they need and with each other?
Through Science, students will investigate cell division through genetics and DNA. Through Art, students will create staffs of found objects and embellishments that pay homage to someone they feel has passed down a trait/characteristic.
Students will study the tribal art of Kenya and create a collaborative sculpture inspired by the art of Ulysses Davis, and other outsider artists, by exploring connections between art and self.
Inspired by visionary artists such as Howard Finster, students will discuss visions as a basis fortheir work, and use the visual impact of text to collaboratively create large‐scale art pieces using repurposed door.
Inspired by Tyree Guyton's Heidelberg Project in Detroit, students will collaborate using literature, poetry and objects to create sculptures to better understand various ways of communication.
This lesson will focus on the idea of imaginary places, sacred spaces and how humanity connects to the idea of the unseen divine. Students will make connections between the high art of Guadi’s cathedral, “Sagrada Familia” and the art of two outsider artists, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein and Simon Rodia, both working on similar themes, the sacred and imaginary.
Students will embellish and re-purpose vintage polyester suits as a commentary on the role of the individual in society and a reflection upon how these roles have shifted over time between the 1970s and the new millennium. Students will also refurbish old books to illustrate the importance of the transformative power of words.
Our Garden, Ourselves This project consists of designing and creating four murals to enhance the four corner posts of a student built pergola. These murals will depict the Four Elements of Fire, Water, Wind and Earth as conceptualized by the students.
Transforming Found Objects to Represent Hope and Change Students will commemorate a local hero with painted furniture designs inspired by outsider/visionary artists with affinity to strengths of Hero.
While studying the works of outsider artists, students will create their own shadow boxes, which will exemplify the idea of horror vacui as well as the concepts of spirit and nature.
This interdisciplinary unit will ask students to analyze the influence of a person’s personality and upbringing on their choices and achievements later in life. We hope through this unit that students will internalize the idea that they can make a contribution to their community no matter who they are.
Through this lesson, students will develop their knowledge of outsider or self-taught artists and their inspirations, including Henri Rousseau, Clementine Hunter and Johann Fischer. They will apply this knowledge in the development of a painted relief combining text and imagery in the style of Johann Fischer as an “ode” to our community, including a descriptive poem and images.