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Political FineArts
missconnelly
Much of our visual culture including the fine arts depict sometimes controversial political content. In teaching our students to be more socially aware and more active as members of a community, it seems important for them to not only be aware of the messages being sent out in political advertising and videos but also within the fine arts world. This is also a great way to see how we can explore ideas and express our own beliefs and experiences through art as political activists.
These are a few interesting images and sites that students could look at and discuss in classroom activities:

http://www.allenschmertzler-artist.com/index.html

http://www.mannenberg.com/

http://rmarkey.blue-fox.com/Political.html

http://www.streetcredart.com/political%20art.htm

http://www.socialpoliticalart.com/

Within literacy there are many ways to gain knowledge about the current state of the world and it's political history.

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There is also the much bandied about concept that we as a society are losing our ability to focus for long periods of time thus a quick interesting visual can be very effective in getting attention. Then of course there is the old saying of a picture being worth a thousand words

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