Students explore the connection between art and activism by analyzing a sculpture from the Autry Museum about a desert community. Students are also invited to participate in activism by creating their own sculpture using materials from nature and around the home.
Lesson and Resources
Student Response Sheet: Art and Activism Desert Communities Fillable Student Response Sheet; Spanish
Associated Education Resources
- Lesson: Art and Activism: Gold Rush
- Lesson: When I Remember I See Red: American Indian Art and Activism in California Art Lesson
- Lesson: Autry Activist
- Video: Pomo Genocide Video
- Webinar: Tongva: The First Peoples of Los Angeles
- Lesson: Art Analysis
- Lesson: Art and Activism: Black Lives Matter
- Lesson: First Peoples of the American West
Teaching Tips for Different Learning Environments
Whole Class In-Person Learning: Student groups create Communities Issues posters using the #1 "Relate" handouts. Teacher projects paintings and uses handouts in #2 "Investigate" to ask analysis questions; students post stickies on the board with their answers. Gallery Walk for #3 "Create."
Whole Class Distance Learning: Student groups brainstorm ideas using the #1 "Relate" handouts in breakout rooms. Teacher projects paintings and uses handouts in #2 "Investigate" to ask analysis questions; students use Jamboard or Flipgrid to share answers. Students do a virtual Gallery Walk for #3 "Create" via student work posted on PowerPoint or GoogleSlides.
Tech Fun: Create a VoiceThread mini group project - groups will have one issue in their community, each student can create describe their art in a quick voice over video (directed towards older students).
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