Stoking the Fire Art as Activism Russell Fayant & Christina Johns
Arts Education <ul><li>Creative/Productive Component  </li></ul><ul><li>Exploration of Ideas  </li></ul><ul><li>Creative e...
 
Arts Ed Curriculum Philosophy <ul><li>Students studying arts education will have opportunities to: </li></ul><ul><li>expre...
Critical and Creative Thinking   <ul><li>Guide students' analysis of various arts experiences in order to  deepen understa...
Art as Therapy <ul><li>“ The Arts have an incredible potential to heal the individual, and to heal communities at times of...
<ul><li>Bob Boyer </li></ul>
Drama as Activism <ul><li>“ Theatre can empower  individuals and communities. Theatre is a  force that can unite, uplift, ...
<ul><li>“ True art takes note not merely of form but also of what lies behind.” </li></ul><ul><li>~ Mahatma Gandhi </li></ul>
Playing with Fire - Deborah Barndt <ul><li>“ Playing  – play challenges boundaries, the way things are. It can be a creati...
<ul><li>“ Art is lies that tell the truth.”   </li></ul><ul><li>~ Picasso </li></ul>
Guernica – Pablo Picasso
Louis Riel <ul><li>“ My people will sleep for 100 years. When they awake, it will be the artists that give them back their...
 
 
 
Art as Activism – Deborah Barndt <ul><li>“ In challenging narrow definitions of art and activism, we reframe art as activi...
 
<ul><li>“ Art is made to disturb. Science reassures. There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain...
 
<ul><li>“ Art is the Queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.” </li></ul><ul><li...
Participatory Art <ul><li>“ Suppose we thought about representation, not in terms of a particular kind of object (like a s...
 
 
<ul><li>“ Art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can only be explored by those willing to take the risks.”   </l...
 
 
Wildfire - Deborah Barndt <ul><li>“ Wildfire  – When we imagine wildfire, we may think of it as a natural force out of hum...
Music as Activism
Music as Activism <ul><li>“ Social movements are not merely political activities. Perhaps more importantly, they provide s...
<ul><li>“ Art activism is not a service to be bought or sold, but art that defends and agitates towards change, tries to c...
Where do we go from here? <ul><li>What kind of artist are you? </li></ul><ul><li>How will you ignite your artistic “wildfi...
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  • Discuss art philosophies and backgrounds In reading the book “Wild Fire” – metaphor for activism and creativity as being this inner fire that may be this small ember inside you just waiting to explode – just need the right amount of oxygen to come alive. Meant to invoke a sense of critical response to the world Hopefully give you ideas to stoke your own fire Activism and Art made real and relevant
  • Art As Activism

    1. 1. Stoking the Fire Art as Activism Russell Fayant & Christina Johns
    2. 2. Arts Education <ul><li>Creative/Productive Component </li></ul><ul><li>Exploration of Ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Creative expression and reflection </li></ul><ul><li>Development of skills and abilities </li></ul><ul><li>Critical/Responsive Component </li></ul><ul><li>Thoughtful, guided responses to arts expressions </li></ul><ul><li>Critical and creative thinking about art works </li></ul><ul><li>Development of language and vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural/Historical Component </li></ul><ul><li>Role and history of the arts in cultures and societies </li></ul><ul><li>Factors that influence the arts and artists </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of Saskatchewan and Canadian artists </li></ul>
    3. 4. Arts Ed Curriculum Philosophy <ul><li>Students studying arts education will have opportunities to: </li></ul><ul><li>express ideas using the unique languages of the arts </li></ul><ul><li>gain knowledge of the history of human creative achievements </li></ul><ul><li>develop insights into community and global issues explored by contemporary artists </li></ul><ul><li>become proficient with creative processes in a variety of media including technology </li></ul><ul><li>learn about themselves and others through critical reflection on their own work and arts expressions from around the world </li></ul><ul><li>learn how societies and cultures construct and record their history , values, beliefs, and individual and collective visions </li></ul><ul><li>communicate through the arts using their imaginations, ideas, observations, and feelings </li></ul><ul><li>become aware and proud of Canada 's rich cultural and artistic heritage . </li></ul>
    4. 5. Critical and Creative Thinking <ul><li>Guide students' analysis of various arts experiences in order to deepen understanding of the concepts being explored. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage students to look for alternatives and give reasons for decisions ; for example, by asking, “In what other way(s) could you show that idea or do that action? Is there anything you would like to do differently? Why?” </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage students to approach content thoughtfully and discerningly by withholding judgements until students have enough information to respond in an informed manner. </li></ul><ul><li>Allow for differing expression and interpretation of assignments, and encourage imaginative responses. </li></ul><ul><li>Plan opportunities for students to think in images and to manipulate visual images for the solutions to a problem (e.g., by presenting students with a design or spatial problem). </li></ul>
    5. 6. Art as Therapy <ul><li>“ The Arts have an incredible potential to heal the individual, and to heal communities at times of need and turmoil. BUT.... perhaps even more important, the arts can empower us to become agents ourselves towards the healing and empowerment of others.”   </li></ul><ul><li>Arts Empowerment </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.artslynx.org/heal/index.htm </li></ul>
    6. 7. <ul><li>Bob Boyer </li></ul>
    7. 8. Drama as Activism <ul><li>“ Theatre can empower  individuals and communities. Theatre is a  force that can unite, uplift, teach, build  communities, inspire, and heal.” </li></ul><ul><li>(http://www.artslynx.org/heal/) </li></ul>
    8. 9. <ul><li>“ True art takes note not merely of form but also of what lies behind.” </li></ul><ul><li>~ Mahatma Gandhi </li></ul>
    9. 10. Playing with Fire - Deborah Barndt <ul><li>“ Playing – play challenges boundaries, the way things are. It can be a creative way of engaging people, ideas, power. Art making can offer a playful response to academia and political activism. At their most creative, art, activism, and academic work are about challenging the old and ossified, about making new. Moving into unknown terrain requires both humility and humour.” </li></ul>
    10. 11. <ul><li>“ Art is lies that tell the truth.” </li></ul><ul><li>~ Picasso </li></ul>
    11. 12. Guernica – Pablo Picasso
    12. 13. Louis Riel <ul><li>“ My people will sleep for 100 years. When they awake, it will be the artists that give them back their spirit.” </li></ul>
    13. 17. Art as Activism – Deborah Barndt <ul><li>“ In challenging narrow definitions of art and activism, we reframe art as activism. Whether the modes are verbal or nonverbal, art making that ignites people’s history, recovers repressed memory, builds community, and strengthens social movements is in itself a holistic form of action.” </li></ul>
    14. 19. <ul><li>“ Art is made to disturb. Science reassures. There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain.” </li></ul><ul><li>~ Georges Braque </li></ul>
    15. 21. <ul><li>“ Art is the Queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.” </li></ul><ul><li>~ Leonardo da Vinci </li></ul>
    16. 22. Participatory Art <ul><li>“ Suppose we thought about representation, not in terms of a particular kind of object (like a statue or a painting) but as a kind of activity, process, or a set of relationships? Suppose we de-reified the thing that seems to “stand” before us, “standing for” something else, and thought of representation, not as that thing, but as a process in which the thing is a participant…Representation understood, then, as a relationship, as process, as the relay mechanism in exchanges of power, value and publicity…” </li></ul><ul><li>~Mitchell, 1994 </li></ul>
    17. 25. <ul><li>“ Art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can only be explored by those willing to take the risks.” </li></ul><ul><li>~ Mark Rothko </li></ul>
    18. 28. Wildfire - Deborah Barndt <ul><li>“ Wildfire – When we imagine wildfire, we may think of it as a natural force out of human control. In an interdisciplinary environmental studies, however, we learn to see natural disasters as anything but natural, as shaped by human agency, by social and political forces. We question the nature/culture split, explore the symbiotic relationship between the human and non-human, and consider ourselves as part of, not separate from, nature. We need to embrace the wild, and passionate in ourselves in order to make change. ” </li></ul>
    19. 29. Music as Activism
    20. 30. Music as Activism <ul><li>“ Social movements are not merely political activities. Perhaps more importantly, they provide spaces for cultural growth and experimentation, for the mixing of musical and other artistic genres and for the infusion of new kinds of meaning into music.” </li></ul><ul><li>Music and Social Movements: Mobilizing Tradition in the Twentieth Century ~ Eyerman & Jamison </li></ul>
    21. 31. <ul><li>“ Art activism is not a service to be bought or sold, but art that defends and agitates towards change, tries to clearly articulate issues, has the ability to remind us of the connections between us, thereby inspiring the people to devise strategies and actions.&quot; ~ Alice Lovelace (Author, Poet) </li></ul>
    22. 32. Where do we go from here? <ul><li>What kind of artist are you? </li></ul><ul><li>How will you ignite your artistic “wildfire”? </li></ul><ul><li>What form of art activism will you take or try? </li></ul><ul><li>How can you help students, friends, colleagues to view the world differently? </li></ul><ul><li>What are some everyday ways to include art into your life? </li></ul>&quot;How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.&quot; ~ Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl, 1952

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