The big idea, though the same for the sixth grade was approached through the lens of American society. Students read a variety of poems and stories, and then made a comparison between how America would like to be portrayed, and the reality that they see as young people. Discussions and reflective writings helped the class narrow down subjects to be highlighted.
Several artists’ work including photography, painting, drawing and poetry were analyzed to examine how the concept of struggle could be communicated through line, shape, color and text. The content and skills learned was then transformed into a collaborative installation.
Student #1Panel one: Students chose photographs of a vehicle and skyscraper to interpret how America would like to be portrayed. The photographs were projected onto sewn acetate and painted with acrylic paint.
Student #2Panel two: This group of students focused on the reality that they see as young people in their community. Fabric was purchased from neighborhood thrift store and transformed into patches such as weapons, money and schools.
Working collaboratively, students constructed a three paneled installation. Combining images and text, an ideal American society was portrayed on panel one. The problems and realities that plague our society are in panel two. Possible solutions to alleviate the reality are included in the third panel.