Topic: Art and artists related to the American Labor movement
Format: Website with text readings, quizzes, and many links to archival photos, artwork, and related sites
Reviewer/email: Mike G – firstname.lastname@example.org
Images of Labor in Art consists of “five short lessons [that] focus primarily on artworks and movements of 20th century America…” In particular, the course showcases many examples of the art and ideas that captured the spirit of the labor movement. According to the course authors: “We hope that students will come to view the arts as yet another form of activism that can “carry the message” to union members as well as to the broader public.” No matter what your politics… or your views on Organized Labor… you’ll enjoy the vigor and power displayed in the carefully-chosen examples of great art shown in this course.
This is a nice, tight little course that is filled with beautiful examples of the energetic works of art that expressed the early American Labor Movement. The course consists of text readings, quizzes, and many links to sites where you can see full-color archival photos of great works of art. In addition, links to related sites, such as “Articulation: How to Look at Art” (an overview of terms commonly used when viewing and critiquing art) provide the tools for deeper understanding of the art you are looking at.
From the website, here are the course objectives:
“By the completion of this course, participants should be able to:
* Discuss the meaning of Labor Art.
* Identify selected artistic movements and styles as well as significant themes and vocabulary common to critical discourse in the art world.
* Discuss the social significance of the artwork of Ashcan School, the New Deal and the American Mural Movement.
* Identify significant contemporary Labor Artists, movements and styles.
* Identify and discuss the many ways in which artists and workers have come together throughout history to further the cause of the labor movement.”
To accomplish these objectives, you work through six modules, which include several external links and the opportunity to test you knowledge in a brief quiz at the end. Each will take “approximately 45 minutes to complete.”
Here’s a list of the course modules:
* What Is Labor Art [includes 5 Links]
* How Do I Look at a Work of Art? [includes 3 Links & Quiz]
* Who Were “The Immortal Eight”? [includes 7 Links & Quiz]
* Why Was the New Deal Such a Big Deal? [includes 6 Links & Quiz]
* The American Mural Movement [includes 13 Links & Quiz]
* Art and Activism Today [includes 10 Links & Quiz]
This course is unique and fun! Whatever your politics, you will find it filled with exciting, vigorous examples of some of the best American art.
URL — http://www.nlc.edu/cait/olc/Images_of_Labor_in_Art/html/introduction.html