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Shifting Perspectives

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Throughout history, art has challenged our perceptions and definitions of truth and reality.

The artists featured in these activities create projects that blur the line between the real and the imagined, altering our sense of time and place. By studying these individuals and their work, students will have the opportunity to rethink how they see and interact with the world around them.

A Play in One Act

Artists tell stories visually just as writers tell stories with words. You'll write your own one-act play that reveals a missing perspective.
Artist(s): Romare Bearden, Kerry James Marshall, Kara Walker

Human Beings versus Nature: A Short Play

Students write a short play and include ephemeral elements such as lighting, sound, and smell.
Artist(s): Olafur Eliasson

Sensory Writing Over Time

Students generate a descriptive essay in which they record close observations of a room at three different times of day.
Artist(s): Olafur Eliasson

Writing from Art

Students use Jeff Wall's photographs as inspiration for a piece of creative writing.
Artist(s): Jeff Wall