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I continue to be interested in the questions posed by Marilyn Stewart in
the Classroom Forum. These are found at the end of each section of the
As a result I have adapted some of the questions relating to this site.
Next week I plan to discuss the following questions with my students:
• What do public artworks reveal about the communities that display
them? Do artworks express the spirit of their time or the spirit of the
culture in which they were created? OR
Is the meaning of an artwork timeless and cross-cultural?
• Are you aware of any artworks that have helped to bring people
together, affirming their shared values? Give examples and explain why
they illustrate this point.
• Read a poem and view several images of the Vietnam Memorial by Maya
Lin. How might this monument in Washington D.C. impact its visitors?
In what ways has this memorial contributed to solidifying or bringing
together the community (or even on a larger scale, the nation)?
• What are other examples of art that may have promoted public spirit
and affirmed values of a people?
After the discussion, students will be given the following assignment:
Select one example from the class discussion (or an original idea),
conduct research to answer the questions posed below, and gather
evidence to either support or refute the notion that the artwork brings
or has brought people together. Be specific with your evidence and
reasons or examples to support your response to the last two statements.
• What is the title of the artwork?
• Who is the artist or creator?
• When was it made?
• Is there a specific reason why the artwork was created?
• Is it representative of one particular culture/civilization?
• The artwork did bring people together, affirming their shared
• The artwork did NOT bring people together to affirm their shared
I would be happy to summarize and share student responses if anyone is