Learn about: Dafen, China

Part 1

Read each of these the articles or blog blurbs about Dafen China (most are very short). After each one write 3-5 sentence summary of what the article says about Dafen.  Try to look for what each article offers that is different from the other articles–unique and new information.  At the end you will formulate opinions about Dafen China.
***There may be an article that won’t open under the school’s filter.  Try, but if it won’t–just skip that one 🙂

1. Article: Hand Painted Reproductions of Art

2. Blog Entry About the Art Reproduction City in China

3. BBC Article about the Economy and Dafen

4. Surface Fragments blog

5. Culture24s comments on Dafen

6. Photos of Dafen

7. Accurate Self portrait by a Dafen artist who also paints the Mona Lisa

8. http://www.dafenvillageonline.com/

9. Trip Advisor Dafen, a tourist website where people who go post about it

Part 2

1. In 2 or 3 “good sized” paragraphs, explain what happens in Dafen China?
Reference your source (even a link) next to your main points.

2. Would you like to visit Dafen? Why or Why not?

3. If you were in Dafen, would you buy art? Elaborate on your answer.

4. Would you buy art at WalMart that was made in Dafen?  Elaborate on your answer.

5. Free comments.  Make some comments that demonstrate thought and insight about Dafen.  This is wide open!

6. If you could have a conversation with an artist from Dafen, what 3 questions would you ask that person?

Part 3

Use your words Powerfully! In 10 words or less, what is your opinion of Dafen.

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Media Literacy…Artist Voice in the 21st Century

1. Look up the terms below.  Then, in your own words write a definition of the term in relation to an artist.

  • exponential growth
  • voice
  • mass media
  • niche
  • permeate
  • manipulate
  • communicate
  • responsibility

2. Talk About:  In  groups of 3, discuss your definitions.  Compare them.  “Phone a Friend” from another group if your group gets stuck.

3. Think About: What new perspectives did you gain from your group?

4. Prove Your Understanding:  Discuss the relationship that an artist has with media (not art materials this time). As a part of your discussion, include an explanation/definition of the terms.  You can choose your writing format, but it can not be a list.  You can write an essay, in reflective style, narrative.  If you were really creative, you might could write a story.  It must be connected and must address the prompt.


A. Resume Prep:   I have the following Information and Media Skills…





Photograph Assignment, Thursday and Friday Oct 3rd: Independant Inquiry! Dorthea Lange and Lewis Hine.

Work hard: no extra time will be given!

Research the photography work of Lewis Hine and the photography work Dorthea Lange.

Create 1 slideshow (using PowerPoint or Prezi.com) about both of these two photographers. It should be a REALLY good presentation!

You should have at least 10 photographs for each photographer in your slide show AND interesting facts about each of their lives.

In your own words explain how Lewis Hine contributed to history.
In your own words explain how Dorthea Lange contributed to history.
*Be specific, your statements about how Hine contributed to history should not be the exact same as your statements about how Lange contributed to history. Include these statements in your slideshow.

Choose one photograph and write a personal aesthetic response to that photograph.
*What do you think these artists intended/hoped a viewers response would be?
*Were they successful? Why or why not?
*Use historical evidence to defend your claim.

Post to your blog

If you finish early, re-read the assignment to make sure you have all of the components.

Then, you may create freestyle art for your portfolio.

Sunday Afternoon

Visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art for a closer look at Sunday Afternoon by Georges Seurat

Look closely at the work. Use the ZOOM feature on the website.  Read about the work.

Then, in your LiveBinder add (+) a subtab to writing> (+)content and choose a layout that allows a picture and writing.  Post a picture of the work and then write about.  You should use art vocabulary when discussing the work.  Hint: Use the elements and principles of design. Describe the work.  What did you learn when you read about it.

Learning Target ((O)) I can use art vocabulary when discussing Sunday Afternoon by George Seurat.

How to Create Lightning in Pixlr…a quick screenshot tutorial

How to Create Lightning in Pixlr...a quick screenshot tutorial

I can use different artistic processes (erasure).


Not Exactly Mona Critique Prompt

Select 1 of the images provided.  Copy text below into your own blog.  Under each heading (Describe, Analyze, Interpret, Judge) respond to the statements and erase the “directions” text.   Post the image you choose and your 4 part Critique to your own blog.

This stage is like taking inventory. You want to come up with a list of everything you see in the
work. Stick to the facts. Imagine that you are describing the artwork to someone over the
telephone. Express what you see in detail.

Try to figure out what the artist has done to achieve certain effects. Consider different elements
and principles used by the artist and why the artist might have chosen to incorporate these
• Questions to consider:
o Use the vocabulary you learned in class. For example, if you’re looking at mostly
red, yellow and blue refer to the colors as primary colors.
o How are the elements of art (color, shape, line, texture, space, form, value) and
the principles of design (balance, harmony, emphasis, movement/rhythm, unity,
variety) used in this artwork?
o What do you notice about the artist’s choice of materials?
o What grabs your attention in the work, why?
o Do you see any relationship to the things you listed during the description stage?

Try to figure out what the artwork is about. Your own perspectives, associations and experiences
meet with “the evidence” found in the work of art. All art works are about something. Some art
works are about color, their subject matter, and social or cultural issues. Some art works are very
accessible — that is, relatively easy for the viewer to understand what the artist was doing.
Other works are highly intellectual, and might not be as easy for us to readily know what the
artist was thinking about.
• Questions to consider:
o What is the theme or subject of the work? (What from the artwork gives you
that impression?)
o What mood or emotions does the artwork communicate?
o What is the work about; what do you think it means or what does it mean to
you? (What from the artwork gives you that impression?)
o Why do you think that artist created this work?

This is a culminating and reflecting activity. You need to come to some conclusions about the
artwork based on all the information you have gathered from your description, analysis, and
• Questions to consider:
o What are your thoughts on the artwork based on the three steps above and why?
o Why do you like or dislike the artwork (explain).
o What have you seen or learned from this work that you might apply to your own
artwork or your own thinking?

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