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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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Your resources are great! I think most people are prone to react more emotionally to images than text, so it's crucial to make sure our students can temper their temper and learn to evaluate the powerful images critically.

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