Rights Respect and Responsibility at Year 7

Rights, respect and
responsibilities at Year 7
Suggested teaching ideas and
supporting resources: visual art
Compiled for HIAS by Dylan Theodore
Ideas and stimuli for expressing
responses to rights issues using art
with a public message
Art with a public message: how do they do that?
• Have you seen TV programmes, photographs,
pictures or films that make you think about an
important issue?
• Do you know of any images, adverts or films that try
to persuade you that there is something wrong in the
world that needs putting right?
• What did the artist do to make you stop and think like
that? How did he or she make sure their work gave
out a strong message that you could not ignore?
Art with a message: how do they do that?
• Take a look at the following images and ask
yourself: are they just for fun, or is the artist
trying to say something important too?
• What media, materials and techniques is the
artist using?
Wim Delvoye
Mel Calman
“That’s not my political opinion. That’s just stuff I heard on the radio.”
The New Yorker
Shooting stars
Teun Hocks
Teun Hocks
Teun Hocks
How dare you not be me?
Barbara Kruger
Art with a message: how do they do that?
• So, the artists are using jokes, humour and
ridiculous situations.
• They also seem to be using contrast.
• They take something ordinary and then put
something unexpected alongside. There is a twist or
surprise that makes you look twice, or think again.
• What is the twist or surprise in each image ?
• They are also using line drawing (cartoon),
photography, people as models and digital
Art with a message: how do they do that?
• Some images use a surprising contrast to catch
people’s attention and make them think about what
they are seeing, and what the message is.
• However, the aim is not always to make you laugh.
Some images use a more disturbing or unpleasant
Wall Street
Our bread
Diego Rivera
Land of plenty
Lucienne Bloch
Advertisement by Burger King, USA
British Heart
British Heart
The Chapman
Bombs away
Rockwell Kent
for Biafra
The price of meat
Ralph Steadman
If you are beaten … GET OUT (mock helpline)
Barbara Kruger
Mother and
child at
Art with a message: how do they do that?
• Sometimes artists use devices such as masks,
puppets, overheard conversations, captions and
speech bubbles.
• Often these tell us what is really going on in an
ordinary situation, and what effect it is having on
someone. We are not just given the straight
message – the device helps us think about the
importance of the message.
• What difference do the masks make to the next
Olaf Breuning
Art with a message: how do they do that?
• Some artists just say it straight:
“This is terrible, it should not happen. Why does it
have to happen?”
No life
Sydney Holo
Art with a message: how do they do that?
• Other artists want to say that people can make
things better:
“People can have their rights upheld – having a
peaceful life and enough food for the family is
possible for everyone!”
Harriet Tubman
Aaron Douglas
Post-war monument
Pnomh Penh city centre, Cambodia
Sometimes, things don’t go, after all,
from bad to worse.
Some years, muscadet
faces down frost; green thrives; the crops don’t fail
Sometimes a man aims high and all goes well.
From Sometimes, by Sheenagh Pugh
“These streets are full of heroes.”
Benjamin Zephaniah

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