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ERIC Number: EJ872009
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3125
"Star Wars", Model Making, and Cultural Critique: A Case for Film Study in Art Classrooms
Briggs, Judith
Art Education, v62 n5 p39-45 Sep 2009
Films are multimodal, often memorable, and change one's way of thinking. Films provide narratives and visual metaphors that function as tools for one's imagination and learning. No other film has amplified this phenomenon in the United States more than the "Star Wars" Cycle. "Star Wars" exemplifies the multidimensionality of the film industry, its technological developments and pervasiveness. If art educators view art education as a form of cultural study, they can examine film within their classrooms to decode and analyze its artifacts for meaning. Viewing and interpreting film within the art classroom is a way to connect with students' increasingly virtual world. "Star Wars", understood within its social and historical context, provided the perfect vehicle for such exploration within the author's seventh grade art classroom. This article describes how the author engages her students in exploring the "Star Wars" series to develop characters, costuming, and models of mythic figures, and to discuss the deeper messages within the films.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 7
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States