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ERIC Number: EJ897401
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3125
Fantasy Facebook: An Exploration of Students' Cultural Sources
Ward, Amber E.
Art Education, v63 n4 p47-53 Jul 2010
The author has been deeply committed to shaping an art curriculum that offers students a more meaningful and authentic experience. In addition, she has been interested in the notion of students as victims of their popular culture. She questioned the ways in which cultural sources might impact their aesthetic choices with regard to personal appearance, and also wondered how these cultural sources might inspire students' aesthetic choices when constructing art. The Fantasy Facebook: Self-Portrait Sculpture instructional unit that she developed served as the case for an investigation of the kinds of cultural sources that influence students' aesthetic choices. Seventh- and eighth-grade 3-D Art students worked on this unit each day for 8 weeks and seemed to love every moment of it. Learning outcomes emphasized: (1) designing preliminary sketches and interpreting plan worksheets to develop ideas for artwork; (2) drawing from observation and applying this knowledge to new applications, such as sculpting; (3) synthesizing and analyzing media, techniques, and processes to create a unique and expressive self-portrait sculpture; and (4) formulating responses to artwork from thoughtful, empathetic, and analytical points of view. (Contains 6 figures and 1 endnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A