Personal Journey: A Holocaust Art Lesson


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Inspired by the life and art of Holocaust survivor Dr. Miriam Brysk, students create a visually interesting composition (including images and text) in response to a difficult personal or global problem. This presentation offers instruction and examples of student work.

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Personal Journey: A Holocaust Art Lesson

  1. 1. Turn Your Wounds into Wisdom
  2. 2. • Personal Journey • 25 Points • You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you. ~Walt Disney • “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” • “Adversity introduces a man to himself.” • Turn your wounds into wisdom. ~Oprah Winfrey • Think about the difficult moments in your life…….How did you survive? …..What did you learn? About yourself? Think about the difficult and sometimes painful experiences and decisions people endure. Art has been a way to illustrate these events and reveal the ragged truth about overcoming the difficulties in life and still finding the joy. I want you to choose an event, personal experience, family history or world problem that touches you in some way.
  3. 3. Personal Journey • Begin by: • Collecting images, find images in magazines, bring pictures in from home and scan , find images on the internet • Store images in your file • Find some background information on your topic that may inspire and inform your artwork, save in your file • Use Photoshop, begin your design. • Use text in your image • Think about using the techniques of creating an interesting composition along with communicating a message • Do you have a focal point or emphasis?
  4. 4. Miriam Brysk began a second career as an artist after retiring from university. She became proficient in several printing techniques and created a body of work that reflects her family and cultural loss of the holocaust.
  5. 5. The next series of slides are examples of student work created in Photoshop that illustrate student response to both personal and global problems.