Olivia Gude’s publication, “Postmodern Principles: in Search of 21st Century Art Education” has often been an invaluable resource as I strive to restructure the opportunities for learning in my classroom. Any art educator will be familiar with the Elements and Principles, but not many will admit to feeling confined by their use as the pillars of creation and analysis of art. I’m not saying that they have a negative impact on art education, but if we limit ourselves to understanding art through the lens of Modernist design, we are clipping our own wings.
In 2013, I explored the principle of recontextualization through the use of Vine. This year, my senior students will be encouraged to play with the app, along with other forms of media that provide more freedom of expression. When I think of Postmodern principles such as layering, interaction of text & image, juxtaposition, and appropriation, I wonder about the endless possibilities for artworks that students can create by taking advantage of new possibilities found through thematic work coupled with choice of media.
Today, I learned about Zeega, an online tool that allows you to combine a variety of media (gifs, images, music) to create your own artwork. These visual remixes allow the user to form new meaning by appropriating material that is free to play with.
I wonder what kinds of stories my students will tell?
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