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My Art: Personal Identities in Art

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Introduction

Clarissa Inglis: Floor Mops/Laundry Soap

Brian Burke: Man

Micah Lexier: Book Sculptures

In the same way that national identity and cultural identities are constantly being defined and redefined, so are our individual identities. The question "Who am I?" has many different answers that change from time to time based on our experiences and relationships. Who we are is always changing, and so are how we locate our identities as males and females or sons and daughters and how we create images of ourselves that incorporate our race, our language, and our communities. There is no one way of defining ourselves.

The three works in this section focus on questions of gender and how our relationships with the people around us shape our personal identities. Contemporary artists try to deepen our understanding that images can shape how we see ourselves and that we are always building, adding layers, to our identities. Clarissa Inglis' art uses domestic articles and deals with the experience of women in the home. Brian Burke's work looks at the identity and culture of men. Micah Lexier deals with the wide variety of personal and family relationships.


Integrated Learning Units Related to "My Art: Personal Identities in Art"

Issues of Gender
Grade(s): 11, 12
In this unit teachers should find these art making activities useful as an introduction to discussing issues surrounding gender by having students create collages; have class discussions; enact tableaux; and write analyses.

Women's Role in the Mi'kmaq Community Long Ago
Grade(s): 5
In this unit students will view artwork, have class discussion, make model, design and make Talking Stick, hold a Talking Circle, and write and share diary entries.

The Voice of the Individual
Grade(s): 1
In this unit students will view art work, design calling cards, have class discussion, make art supply kits, display their work, document an imaginary trip, present their work, create sculpted self-portraits, create a class play, create a visual letter, create a song, begin a pen-pal relationship, and make a class sketch book.

Children: Then and Now
Grade(s): 4
In this unit students will view art work, have class discussion, conduct research, write a synopsis, conduct interviews, tape interviews to share with class, write a story, plan an activity session with grade one students, and attend a storytelling festival.

How the Light Bulb Gets Switched On - The Evolution of Ideas
Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
In this unit students will view art work, have group and class discussion, take photos, create photo montages, display their work on school web site, write a character sketch, share their work, conduct internet research, paint old shoes, write artist's statement, display their work, and complete an art work.

Making it Personal: Gender and Identity in Art
Grade(s): 8
In this unit students will view art work, have group and class discussion, read books critically, report their findings, write journal entries, write about their expectations, and create a sculptural installation.

You Are What You Wear
Grade(s): 7, 8, 9
In this unit students will view photos, have group and class discussion, conduct research, chart their findings, write word portraits, create dialogues of conversation, view clothing advertisements, and design poster advertisements.

Where Canada Began
Grade(s): 3
In this unit students will view art work, have group and class discussion, review promotional material, make posters, take pictures, compose songs, prepare a presentation, conduct research, write letters, make large sketches, make a visual tableau, and display work.

Girl Power!
Grade(s): 7
In this unit students will view art work, have group and class discussion, make journal entries, conduct research, conduct internet research, view television commercials, look at magazine advertisements, watch music videos, examine and analyse popular song lyrics, and share their findings.

Through the Looking Glass
Grade(s): 10, 11
In this unit students will view art work, have group and class discussion, construct time-lines, compile photos, conduct research, share their experiences, create self-portraits, keep a journal, take photos, make photomontages, write poetry, display their work, and participate in peer assessment.

Exploring Confederation
Grade(s): 10, 11
In this unit students will view art work, have group and class discussion, conduct research, present their findings, conduct internet research, participate in a debate, role play, perform monologues, create a tableau, write speeches or monologues, paint a mural, perform in period dress, video tape presentation, write a visionary document, host speaker to class, conduct interviews, write essay, make sketches, make drawings, and keep a visual log or journal.