This art appreciation course will challenge participants with cultural, ethnic, gender-based or age-related expression that might offer a totally different perspective from the viewer’s own.
Visual art is a language that is capable of communicating through color and form concepts that provoke the viewer to think more deeply and question more honestly personal beliefs and perspectives. This art appreciation course will present to participants, during each class period, one or two singular, artworks created by artists whose intent is to challenge their viewers with a cultural, ethnic, gender-based or age-related expression that might offer a totally different perspective from the viewer’s own. To engage students in “active seeing,” the instructor will provide a visual and title of a new artwork daily, and then ask participants to, first, objectively list what they see (colors, images, size, etc.) in the work, and then to write their thoughts about the possible meaning(s) of the artwork. During the second half of the class, the instructor will lecture on the artist’s quoted intent and cultural symbolism of their expression, as well as critical interpretations of the work based on the artwork’s origin of voice.
This contemplative approach to visual art, offered to all participants, can be a tool for high school teachers, especially, to open up dialogue and awareness of contemporary issues from different perspectives within the classroom.