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When Borrowing (Copying?) is OK

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will examine the work of contemporary artists Yinka Shinobare and Ai Wei Wei who use symbols and materials from popular culture to say something about power in society. Students will use the concept of appropriation to create an artwork that comments on a social issue.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will examine the work of the artists for the use of appropriation.

Students will analyze how the use of those popular symbols enhances the message of the artwork.

Students will learn how to appropriate popular culture in an appropriate and legal way.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Introduce the idea of appropriation and juxtaposition in art.
  • Introduce the two artists by asking students to analyze the appropriation of imagery and the message of the work.
  • Support students in brainstorming ideas and helping to gather the imagery they need.
  • Guide students in the creation of their artwork.

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National Standards


Create

Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.

VA:Cr1.2.Ia

Engage in constructive critique with peers, then reflect on, re-engage, revise, and refine works of art and design in response to personal artistic vision.

VA:Cr3.1.IIa

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

30 minutes

Demonstration Time

20 minutes

Student Studio Time

7 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • Computers and a printer or digital editing software
  • Paint
  • Colored Pencils
  • Paper
  • Magazines
  • Water cup

National Standards


Create

Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.

VA:Cr1.2.Ia

Engage in constructive critique with peers, then reflect on, re-engage, revise, and refine works of art and design in response to personal artistic vision.

VA:Cr3.1.IIa

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Steps

Terms

Discuss vocabulary, artists, and artwork related to appropriation. Brainstorm ideas for artwork that uses appropriation to communicate an idea on a social issue Collect imagery.

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Instructional Materials

Reference

When Is It OK to Borrow Images?

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A Guide to Creating Art with Image Appropriation

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Artist Bio

Ai Weiwei

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Artist Bio

Yinka Shinobare CBE

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Reflection

Artist Statement Checklist

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