Artists steal. Sometimes its a bad thing, like in the case of Rogers vs Koons. Come on Koons, you can't just blatantly rip someone off like that! However, other times its OK to steal. Like when we appropriate and create something new, something of our own. Like Austin Kleon says, "Everyone steals!" ... or was that Picasso? Or Banksy?
To kick off the unit, we watch Steal Like an Artist and listened to Austin Kleon talked about Blackout poems. We even tried a few of our own poems. Next we considered remixing images and creating our own mash-ups. We looked at different ways to steal including tracing, light boxes, using a grid and my personal favorite, the LCD projector.. like Jamian Juliano-Villani uses in her work.
For our final project (images coming soon) we will appropriate ourselves. Each student will select a work of art they created sometime in their life. They will use this image as inspiration for a new image. They might create a remake of the old art or they might combine it with other images and create an entirely new work. The decision will be up to them. Stay tuned!
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