In this lesson unit students will develop a personalized approach for photographing artists, artisans, craftsman, and other individuals who work in environments that contain their media, their work, their processes and the fruit of their endeavors. The broad goal of this project is to increase the awareness of the role and impact that the outsider arts may play in the lives of the less formally educated and those who encounter their work.
It’s a miracle! My __________ was spared. The ______ looks over our____. We remember________.
Students will learn about ex‐votos and retablos then translate them into modern versions after looking at visionary artworks operating in the same visual language. The teacher will present and lecture about modern society’s reaction to the unfathomable occurrences that dot our life.
Heroic identity is shaped through conflict, and the setting/societal class reveals characterization.Using Henry Darger, Lee Godie, and Elijah Pierce’s art as inspiration, students will create selfportraits that convey emotions using print medium, comic programs, wood and stone carvings.
Studying the work of Sister Gertrude Morgan, students will learn how to look at the different relationships of color combinations and how to express themselves in an autobiographical manner through painting.
Based on the work of self-taught and visionary artists, students will be introduced to the aesthetic sensibilities, inventiveness and unique narratives of individuals working outside the traditional realm of the art world.
Students will be introduced to the work of artist Stephen Warde Anderson. They will learn to explain the use of art elements and create an allegorical painting about a personal, social, political, or economic issue.
Students will look at the work of visionary artist Howard Finster and how his life wasdevoted to creating art that helped him spread the word of the gospel. Finster found it important to incorporate “moral words to live by” in his artwork to help guide us through the journey of life. His artwork demonstrated an embellishment of text, often verses from the bible. His images ranged from portraits of famous people, biblical icons and himself, all accompanied by words describing their life accomplishments and/or moral preaching.
By viewing the work of outsider artist Lee Godie, students will create transformative portraits of themselves that will take a non-traditional approach to portraiture.
After examining the work of Tyree Guyton and the Heidelberg Project, students will create their own “homes” our safe places using cardboard, paint, and other materials.
Reclaiming Identities, A Narrative of Hopeful Shoes Students will take a lost and forgotten item (a discarded shoe) and breathe new life into it by recreating its identity following the ideas of Tyree Guyton.
In learning about a range of outsider artists, such as Emery Blagdon and Michel Nedjar, students will create their own inspirational artwork. Students will choose an artist that motivates them, as well as discover materials that they feel connected to, and create both written and visual art pieces that express their personal ideas and desires.
Students will explore their individual beliefs by combining words and images in a self-portrait inspired by outsider artists Reverend Howard Finster, Lee Godie, and Willliam Hawkins. They will give text new life by combining several art techniques: portraiture (drawn from photographs taken by the students themselves), landscape, symbolism, and pattern. Students will combine and overlay these various techniques, along with text, to create a painted self-portrait cutout on wood.
Building on the idea of “Peace,” students will research and conduct interviews to deeply understand activism and the work of local community “Upstanders.” Students will use this information and knowledge of outsider art through symbolism as inspiration for art, furniture design and installation.
Students will explore the creative work of self-taught African American visual artists and musicians (1865-present) to enrich their study of African-American history from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement. Beginning with a washboard as a surface, students will utilize found object materials to make visual art assemblages inspired by the visual style of Thornton Dial Sr.