Teens Club with Lena – Black History, Art History, Film History!
In Teens Club this trimester we have been exploring different elements of North American culture and history and having fun while doing it! Our very first class landed on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. In commemoration, we learned about his life and listened to his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, which he delivered on August 28, 1963 during the Civil Rights Movement. We discussed the significance of his words at the time and how they apply now. Then we wrote down some dreams of our own – for ourselves and for the world.
The following week we learned about one of the most important art movements to come out of the United States: Pop Art! We learned about this revolutionary art movement and some of its most influential creators and contributors, such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Claes Oldenburg, who were influenced by popular culture, and took everyday objects and presented them as “high” art. This class made us consider and discuss what can, in fact, be considered “art,” and why? Inspired by the likes of Warhol and Lichentenstein, we embarked on a project to create some of our own Pop Art masterpieces.
February has been an ongoing celebration of Black History month, including a collaborative project with the other Kids Clubs to shoot an original music video to Michael Jackson’s famous tune, “Bad,” as well as researching and writing biographies on influential African-American people. We learned so much about the lives and accomplishments of Serena and Venus Williams, Samuel L. Jackson, Tupac Skakur, and Michael Jordan during the students’ class presentations.
And with the 90th Annual Academy Awards fast approaching, we explored the history of one of the most important film accolades in North America, watched the trailers for this year’s nominees for Best Picture, and filled out our own “Oscar” ballots! Who will win in each category?! We can’t wait to find out!
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