Artist and Activist Ai Weiwei

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What makes Ai Weiwei so unique?

One of the most influential artists of our time, Ai Weiwei is a political activist currently being held captive in his home country of China. His recent exhibit at Alcatraz Island called "@Large" was met with huge success. His sculptures focused on the big ideas of human rights and freedom of expression while incorporating the backdrop of the famous penitentiary.

This lesson will introduce Ai Weiwei to students while guiding them through higher level thinking. Not just for art teachers. Use this lesson to incorporate current events, cultural connections, and political activism into your curriculum.

Lesson includes:
--Ai Weiwei bio
--Alcatraz Island bio
--Images and descriptions from Ai Weiwei’s Alcatraz exhibit "@Large"
--12 higher-level questions
--Links for additional resources

Combine this lesson with “The Civil Rights Movement” and “Element of Art: Color” to create an art unit that covers the four art processes: Creating, Presenting, Responding, and Connecting.
OR
Combine this lesson with “Symbols in Art” and “Misinterpretation of Symbols” to create a unit that covers the four art processes: Creating, Presenting, Responding, and Connecting.

NATIONAL CORE ARTS STANDARDS: Visual Arts Responding
#VA:Re7.1 Anchor Standard: Perceive and analyze artistic work.
#VA:Re8.1 Anchor Standard: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.

COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS: College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.1: Make logical inferences from the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.3: Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.7: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.1: Write arguments to support claims.

Questions are written at a high school 9-10th grade proficient level but could be differentiated to fit other levels.
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Artist and Activist Ai Weiwei
Artist and Activist Ai Weiwei
Artist and Activist Ai Weiwei
Artist and Activist Ai Weiwei