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ERIC Number: ED448070
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 130
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
African American Art: A Los Angeles Legacy.
Walker, Harriet
This curriculum unit focuses on the importance of Los Angeles (California) as a center for African American art and shows how African American artists have developed their own styles and how critics and collectors have encouraged them. The unit consists of four lessons, each of which can stand alone or be used in conjunction with the others. It opens with the reading "About African American Art." Four key artworks provide the curriculum unit's foundation. Extensive questions and answers given for each of the key artworks allow teachers and students to explore the pieces in depth. The first unit, "My Cultural Heritage and History," introduces students to the theme of cultural heritage and to artists' selection of subject matter; students collaborate to create a bulletin board that celebrates the class's cultural diversity and an assemblage that explores their own heritage. The second unit, "Styles of Cultural Expression," introduces students to the concept of style; they will explore stylistic influences through discussion and their own surrealist paintings. The third unit, "Interpreting Images," helps students evaluate images that stereotype people; students create a poster that contrasts commercial images with realistic ones and make a photographic essay of what it means for them to be a part of a family and community. The fourth unit, "Critics and Collectors," helps students analyze how artists, art critics, and art historians influence one another; students learn to write their own art criticism and organize a display that showcases the artistic heritage of their community. Contains extensive resources. (BT)
Getty Center for Education in the Arts, 1875 Century Park East, Suite 2300, Los Angeles, CA 90067-2561; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Getty Center for Education in the Arts, Los Angeles, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California (Los Angeles)