OUTSIDE/INSIDE

LESSON ABSTRACT

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.

VOTIVE PAINTINGS

LESSON ABSTRACT

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.

MAPS OF OUR LIFE JOURNEYS: SHADOW BOXES

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LESSON ABSTRACT

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.

CREATIVE MOTIVATION

LESSON ABSTRACT

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.

UPSTANDERS

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LESSON ABSTRACT

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.

WAY-OUT WASHBOARDS! EXPRESSION AND EXPERIENCE OF SELF-TAUGHT ARTISTS OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN SOUTH

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LESSON ABSTRACT

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.