Telling Your Story: Identity and Art

Who are we? How have our cultures shaped our identities? In this class we will learn to talk about our own identities, as well as other people’s. As a springboard for thinking, we will examine the work of artists who have used painting, sculpture, film, literature, music, and other media to share their stories with the world. Concurrently, we will learn about major theories of cultural identity, and how cultures interact with each other. We will make visual art about our identities. (Artistic talent is not necessary to excel in the class, and prior experience making art is not expected.) We will learn techniques for making group decisions in ways that ensure that all people’s thoughts are taken seriously.Field trips and special events may be part of this class.