Class studies painting, Ethnic Mirrors by Eliane Cristina Testa.
Artists comments are read aloud.
Class discussion. (suggested questions):
Notice that artist is Brazilian. What do you know about Brazilian people - ethnically diverse, or not?
What cultures are represented here?
Do any faces here reflect those found in your community?
What might the artist mean when she says women have a collective soul? True, or not?
Why do you think the artist called her faces an ethnic mirror?
How do you think people react when they see a lot of people from a group different than their own? Does this elicit a positive or negative response?
If negative, what do you think it would take for people to embrace social diversity as something positive?
3) Art Activity:
Create a collage that expresses diverse faces from your own community. (include economic differences, age differences, and so forth). Symbolic representations of illustrating different ethnic groups might be done instead of portraits.