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ERIC Number: EJ904911
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6463
Not Just a Pretty Face
Lott, Debra
SchoolArts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, v110 n4 p34-35 Dec 2010
Contemporary artist John Currin's artwork has been described as a moralistic portrait of contemporary society. Currin is convinced that most emotions people connect with religion, such as guilt, sin, and redemption, have been changed by modern life. His response is to paint various present-day ills in portraits sometimes evocative of highschool yearbook photos. Through portraiture, Kathe Kollwitz expressed the toll of human suffering, the loss of her son, and the misery of war. Her self-portraits depict the sorrows and losses that made their mark on her face through the years. Both of these artists are effective for introducing a lesson on self-portraiture. In this article, the author describes a lesson wherein students create a self-portrait that is not a photographic replica. Instead, it is an opportunity to express personal meaning by telling a story (narrative art), promoting a cause (social or political statement), or practicing expressive style and emotion (Expressionism). (Contains 2 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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