Exploration of Expression
How do you express yourself?
For thousands of years people have found ways to express how they are feeling. Even the earliest civilizations expressed their stories through various forms of art, be it cave paintings, or through rhythmic beats. For you, it may be writing in a journal or even singing a song. In creating we develop expressions to helps us not only to show others how we are feeling, but also to help our bodies cope with stress or excitement. You could say that through artistic expression we have evolved.
How will we learn about history through art?
On our journey together we will explore a great variety of art ranging all the way from music, to paintings, to advertisements and speeches. Art is all around us and constantly influencing us. It tells us stories that many times we could never have dreamed of. By the time we complete this Curriculum Web, I want you to be able to see all of the inspiration that goes into art and the stories that they tell. Specifically, I would like you to understand how art can many times tell the story we could never express with words. It captures human emotion beyond words and transcends time. These artifacts remain long after we are gone and continue to tell the stories that we have left behind.
Seeing through their eyes...
As you can imagine, in times of war, people go through a great deal of emotions. They are fearful for what is to come, hopeful for a better future, curious about what others are experiencing and excited for better times to come. When you are viewing/listening to these different art forms, think about what must have been experienced to have such emotions, empathize with the times and their experiences.
Understanding their World.
Becoming an ArtStorian means you must become an explorer. To understand what the human experience is like during war, read these first hand accounts which come from all different points of view - soldiers, leaders, and citizens.
Letter from President Roosevelt
Journal of WWI Soldier
Soldier's Letter Korean War
Diary from a Citizen of Vietnam