Art and Social Change

Creating a Political Mural

Muralists often combine their personal and political ideas in images that communicate a story or idea. In this activity, you will work in small groups to create a public mural that conveys your views on a political issue.
Artist(s): Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros

Identifying Personal Symbols

Students identify their own personal symbols and incorporate them into an artwork.
Artist(s): Diego Rivera, Doris Salcedo, Kara Walker

Personal as Political

Students communicate their political views in a work of art.
Artist(s): Judy Chicago, Diego Rivera

Political Messages through Symbols

Students create a photomontage or a photographic still life.
Artist(s): Tina Modotti

Self and Society: Tracing Identity

Exploring Kahlo's Place in the World

Students explore Kahlo's portraits and create a memory box in response to the loves of her life.
Artist(s): Frida Kahlo

Imagining Alter Egos: Life-Size Paper Dolls

Students create their own life-size alter egos as a tactic for exploring identity.
Artist(s): Claude Cahun, Robert Gober, Philip Guston, Andy Warhol

Personal Symbols, Personal Mythology

Students create a piece of art that reflects their own personal symbolism.
Artist(s): Louise Bourgeois, Robert Gober, Philip Guston, Chris Johanson

Unearthing Silenced Histories: Hidden-History Box

Students create a mixed-media box to give voice to a hidden history.
Artist(s): Judy Chicago, Glenn Ligon, Doris Salcedo, Kara Walker

Shifting Perspectives

Digital Montage

Students learn about Jeff Wall's process and then create their own digital montage.
Artist(s): Jeff Wall

Revealing Missing Perspectives

Students make a history painting that reveals a missing perspective.
Artist(s): Romare Bearden, Kerry James Marshall, Kara Walker