Carlos Frésquez installation, part of Cuatro [4]: A Series of Artist Interactions.

The Ancient Future

Carlos Frésquez installation, part of Cuatro [4]: A Series of Artist Interactions.

Carlos Frésquez installation, part of Cuatro [4]: A Series of Artist Interactions.

This culture is still living. Just because we see something ancient and old that was created a thousand years ago, the culture is still existing today. And it’s in me.

– Carlos Frésquez

Guiding Questions:

  • How will you invite discussion around what cultural influences there are in students’ lives?
  • How would you have students explore their own cultural background? What about exploring other cultures?
  • How can you engage students in exploring culture (both contemporary and ancient) through art?
  • How can cross-cultural influences be explored to understand the ways the world has changed and cultures inform each other?

TIP: Have students create a piece of art focused on a culture they are inspired by through their exploration of cultures (ancient or contemporary). Have students choose a material to work with (ex: wood, paint, etc.) as a starting point.

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Lesson Plan

Weaving Words

Students will look at the Bird and Cornstalk Rug in pairs and discuss Yellowhair’s inspiration from both natural and man-made forms. They will then engage in a creative writing exercise that develops their awareness of symbolism in their daily lives.

Lesson Plan

Creativity & Identity

Students will learn about Moyo Ogundipe’s creative process and concept of self through his painting Soliloquy: Life’s Fragile Fictions. Through journaling, large and small group discussions, and painting, they will explore aspects of their own identities.

Lesson Plan

Triumph in Love

Students will examine the artistic qualities of the paintings, identify different entities or elements which triumph in contemporary life, and develop and illustrate a written piece about an element or entity that triumphs in their lives.