Culture is created by a sense of shared beliefs and values of a group: the beliefs, customs, practices, and social behavior of a particular nation or people. There is a difference between examining traits of cultural groups and stereotyping a group. You need to understand that not all groups of people have the same cultural beliefs. You are going to represent an “aspect” of a cultural group you choose.
How can an artwork from a selected culture or historical time period represent that culture or time period?
Classical Thai painting is mostly confined to mural paintings inside Buddhist temples and palaces. They are idealistic and the themes frequently depicted are those related to Buddhism, such as the Buddhas life stories, stories of the three worlds (heaven, earth and hell), and also those concerning customs and traditions. The subjects of the paintings reflect different purposes: to beautify and dignify the places of worship, to promote Buddhism, and to educate people through pictures. (http://www.thaiwaysmagazine.com/ thai_cultures/index.html)Therefore, this artwork represents the Buddhist culture.
What do you think this artwork represents? African culture has always placed emphasis on personal appearance and jewelry. Many pieces of such jewelry are made of cowry shells and similar materials. Similarly, masks are made with elaborate designs and are important part of African culture. Masks are used in various ceremonies depicting ancestors and spirits, mythological characters and deities.
You will also see in most of Africa’s traditional arts and crafts certain themes significant to African culture recur, including a couple, a woman with a child, a male with a weapon or animal, and an outsider or a stranger, or African facepainting.
Thisimage captures certain cultural practices in India.
This represents Hindu practices inIndia. Look at the richtapestries, colors, andadornments.
In your research, you would answer questions such as“What makes wearing a headdress important in theirculture? Why do they do it?”
How do perceptions in art reflect cultural beliefs and values? Let’s look at the next slide and see…
This is the beautiful Hawaiian Goddess HAUMEA. Known as the Earth Mother, Goddess of Fertility and Protector of Pregnant Women, a painting of Haumea is said to be the perfect lucky wedding gift. Haumeas likeness in a newlyweds home ensures blessings of a bountiful and fruitful married life with healthy children. Among HAUMEAS many offspring is feisty Fire Goddess, PELE, who HAUMEA is said to have birthed through her mouth. (Con’t. explanation of painting on next page)
HAUMEA oversees Earths gardens, especially those in her Hawaiian Island home where the Earths most exceptional fruits and flowers grow. From Sidney Filsons series "Playing With Gauguin" HAUMEA is depicted in a field of anthurium flowers, hefting a tray of mangoes and very pregnant with a mango herself. The background shows an equally fertile diffusion of Hawaiian mangoes and plumeria blossoms.
How do responses to works of art differ based on whether the viewer is a member of the culture in which the art was created?
Createan original artwork that expresses a culture (PP3B-HSL2) Createan original artwork that communicates ideas through the following themes (cultural identity, social commentary, ceremony/ritual, myth/legend ) (PP3C-HSL2)
While you are doingthis project, you willalso be covering thefollowing objectives:
• To do this, in your painting I want you to experiment further with colors by mixing black (a shade), white (a tint), and black and white (a tone) when you are creating your colors.
EP1F-HSl2: identify and use a range of values to create the illusion of complex forms
Firstyou will research a few cultures and decide which one you want to focus on. You can do this by searching for images of cultural artwork and then researching the culture that inspired that image. OR- you can decide on a culture you are interested in and then search for specific images about that culture.
You will be writing about the culture you select and how it is illustrated in the image you select. This needs to be a minimum of one page long (typed) or two pages (handwritten). IF it is handwritten, it must be legible.
Be descriptive about the culture you select and how the image illustrates aspects of that culture. Someone who sees your image should be able to understand (without reading your research) that you are communicating through ART about a culture.
We will spend our first two days in the library, researching cultures and images that inspire you. I will be answering your questions in addition to asking you questions about the cultures you choose. Once we have sufficient research, we will begin the process of prepping our canvas boards. Questions??? Let’s do this