You will be looking at the art of the 20th century and how it was shaped by two different forms of government: a democracy and a dictatorship. Remember that economics, politics, and religion influence the artist's perception of the world. What types of propaganda or censorship do you see each day?


What happens to freedom of expression when those in power have a hidden agenda?

Keep this question in mind as you:

Look at pieces of art for content, craftsmanship and message

Read historical information about the art and artists

Search web sites and resource materials for images and facts

Focus your thinking as democracy or dictatorship

Select and make judgements about works of art

In order to understand and compare types of propaganda and censorship, you need to start a collection of examples that you find each day.

Collect examples of newspaper and magazine ads that promote a stereotype of a particular look or behavior. Consider their message. How is society affected by these ads?

Study and discuss visual images in advertising, television, or the Internet, to understand the cultural propaganda in the media. How are you influenced by what you see or read each day?

Find examples of political cartoons in newspapers and magazines satirizing leaders in several countries. How much freedom of expression is there? Is it too much?

Find examples of critical reviews of art exhibits, books, movies, music, etc., which you will be able to model for your critiques.

EACH OF YOU will do the following tasks:

ANALYZE various pieces of art works and the artists who produced them. Keep a journal for your research and be sure to document your sources as you "surf". You will write a five page essay about an artist and his/her work.

COLLECT examples of the art works (from posters and prints) into a portfolio. Your group will prepare a presentation as a museum exhibition.

CRITIQUE the pieces of artwork as an article for a newspaper, magazine, or review of an exhibition.

CREATE work(s) of art of your own in any media expressing your role. The work(s) may be a drawing, painting, sculpture, musical presentation, drama , literature, children's book, cartoons, etc.