For the first If These Walls Could Talk Action Project, GCE students investigated the following guiding question:

What image would you create to address a neighborhood’s needs?

Here’s the scenario students were challenged with:

The city you live in is hosting a contest for students to sketch an image that could be used to create a large-scale mural. Groups of Aldermen across the city have gathered and have identified the need for murals in their neighborhoods. It is up to you to visit and research a neighborhood to identify its needs. Use the story-telling and artistic techniques from the murals we’ve studied in this unit to create a sketch for your chosen neighborhood. You will also write an artist statement that defends how your image addresses the neighborhood’s needs and how it utilizes elements from the murals we’ve studied.

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Alignment with Common Core Standards & Illinois Learning Standards for Fine Arts

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.7: IIntegrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.9: Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.9-10.2: Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.9-10.4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

27B: Students who meet the standard understand how the arts shape and reflect history, society and everyday life.

  1. Analyze the impact of political actions, current events, and natural phenomena (e.g., wars, civil unrest, disasters, economic prosperity, discovery, technology, legislation) on the development and production of art.
  2. Cite examples of where the arts shaped aspects of a culture (e.g., Dionysian theatre festival, Renaissance church art and music, cinema and the Depression).
  3. Analyze how historical and cultural contexts influence arts processes and products (e.g., Reformation, patronage system, invention of microphone, camera, and printing press, WPA).

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For the first If These Walls Could Talk Action Project, GCE students investigated the following guiding question: What image would you create to address a neighborhood’s needs? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: The city you live in is …


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