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 engage with students in discussions of what the artist intended through the work's expression, and how each individual student's perception of the work might jive with the artist's, or be surprised, challenged, or even angered by the work, or be enlightened by a new understanding through the artist's vision, etc.
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.