Conflict, Disability and Art

Teresa Strohl, Visual Arts, Barringer Academic Center

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This curriculum unit explores how art and disability are expressed throughout our history by looking at the causes and effects of historical conflict. During this unit, the students will be the artists of their own stories as they learn about the negative and sometimes positive impacts of our nation’s involvement in conflicts. In some cases they may be able to relate to these hardships by reflecting in trials and tribulations they may be experiencing (or have experienced) at home. Unfortunately, some of my students are in the midst of “wars” at home as they suffer the consequences of troubled marriages, divorce, abuse, and poverty. Learning more about the history of our nation will help my students become more aware of their surroundings. The unit concentrates on five different wars Civil War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam War and War in Iraq. Students will research the causes and effects of the assigned war. Students will begin to see how each conflict looked from its landscape to weapons. Students will step into that time in our nation’s history. They will create conflict windows and analyze art from that time period. This will lead into some of the positive and negative outcomes of the war such as propaganda and assisting our returning veterans. The unit will culminate with an assembly given by the Paws4People Foundation along with a Gallery Walk. Throughout this unit connections will be made between Art, Literacy, and Social Studies.