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Slow Looking: Untitled, by El Anatsui

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Language Arts And English +3 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

In this collection, students will explore an artwork by El Anatsui, a contemporary artist whose recent work addresses global ideas about the environment, consumerism, and the social history and memory of the "stuff" of our lives. After looking closely and exploring the artwork using an adapted version of Project Zero's "Parts, Purposes, and Complexities" routine, students will create a "diamante" poem using their observations of the artwork and knowledge they gained about El Anatsui's artistic influences. Additional resources about El Anatsui, how to look at African Art, and Project Zero Thinking Routines are located at the end of the collection.

This collection was created for the "Smithsonian Learning Lab, Focus on Global Arts and Humanities" session at the 2019 New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA) Arts Integration Leadership Institute. 

Keywords: nigeria, african art, textile, poetry, creative writing, analysis

Untitled

National Museum of African Art

Untitled

National Museum of African Art

Untitled, alternate view 1

National Museum of African Art

Untitled, alternate view 2

National Museum of African Art

Untitled, alternate view 3

National Museum of African Art

Untitled

National Museum of African Art

Create a Diamante Poem

National Museum of African Art

Man's dance wrapper

National Museum of African Art

Ala

National Museum of African Art

Earthworks - El Anatsui

National Museum of African Art

Erosion

National Museum of African Art

How to Look at African Art

National Museum of African Art

Looking: Ten Times Two: Project Zero Artful Thinking Routine

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