Thursday, September 10, 2009
I drew this on my whiteboard at school. It is NOT a reference to 9/11. It is mere coincidence that I drew this yesterday, however, it happens that a fellow teacher was in New York at the time of the attack. When she saw my silly drawing she laughed but also said it made her uncomfortable. This gave me an excellent opportunity to talk to my class about the power and purpose of art. We talked about the many uses of art beyond entertainment, such as being a means of expressing thoughts, beliefs, emotions, etc... We talked about advertising and propaganda. We talked about art's power to tap into the mind of the viewer and illicit responses we may or may not have intended. All in all an interesting classroom discussion.