Toolkit

TOOLKIT: ANALOG SOCIAL NETWORKING

THEME: SPACE
SUBJECT: VISUAL ART
ARTIST: JOHN PEÑA
GRADE: recommended 6th-12th grade

OBJECTIVES
Students will create a physical version of an online social networking platform that invites audience participation.
Students will create a site-specific artwork that addresses, challenges and/or questions the role of social networking sites in culture.
 
KEY QUESTIONS
1. What is social networking?
2. How has social networking changed how we interact with each other?
3. Does your analog social network resemble your online social network? How are they similar and how are they different? How do the comments and interactions change depending on the venue?
 
VISUAL REFERENCES
1. Word Balloons, (2014) by John Peña
 
ACTIVITY
Students select one social networking platform they want to translate into an interactive physical object.  Examples of social networking sites include: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Vine, etc. Students create a physical version of their chosen site using large-scale paper or cardboard. The student must adhere to the parameters of the platform, so if comments are allowed on the platform, they must be available in the student’s version. How will people leave comments? How will people show they like something? Install your social networking page in your school, thinking carefully about the placement. Document the page before there is any student interaction, and then continue to document how your fellow students comment and interact with your analog social network. 

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PENNSYLVANIA CORE STANDARDS
VISUAL ARTS
(9.1.6.A-9.1.12.A)
-know and use the elements and principles of each art form to create works in the arts and humanities
 
(9.1.6.B-9.1.12.B)
-recognize, know, use and demonstrate a variety of appropriate arts elements and principles to produce, review and revise original works in the arts
 
(9.1.6.C-9.1.12.C)
-recognize and use fundamental vocabulary within each of the arts forms
 
(9.1.6.D-9.1.12.D)
-use knowledge of varied styles within each art form through a performance or exhibition of unique work
 
(9.1.6.E-9.1.12.E)
-demonstrate the ability to define objects, express emotions, illustrate an action or relate an experience through creation of works in the arts
 

 
September 13, 2014 - May 31, 2015
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