9th Grade Mini Art Project- Greece


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Alterations Art Project Our bodies house our organs, our thoughts, our memories, our hopes and dreams, our souls…….It keeps us alive physically and mentally. How will you protect it? COVERED UNCOVERED BODY IMAGE BEAUTY

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The Male Figure.  There are images of the body all around us—from the pictures of men in film, on TV or in magazines to the medical writer’s body, the novelist’s representations, the legal system, grand art and smutty graffiti. All these images of the body tell us how to be, how to think about ourselves, how to see who we are. But where do these images of the perfect body stem from? The simplest answer is Greece. Since the Renaissance and its rediscovery of Greek art, there has been a long tradition of taking the ideal of the male body from Greek sculpture. The slim but well-muscled torso, the elegant symmetry of form, the balanced turn of the head or twist of the athlete’s shape, have produced an image so firmly lodged in the Western imagination that it is hard to look at it freshly or in any historical context. For anyone who goes to the gym, who worries about thinness, or getting in shape, or their muscle tone—or even for anyone who just knows what a good body is—there’s a history stretching back to ancient Greece that will change the way your body looks to you. Excerpt taken from Love, Sex & Tragedy: How the Ancient World Shapes Our Lives by Simon Goldhill  

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When the Athenian sat at home to drink wine, his pots and cups were decorated with beautifully painted pictures—an army of perfect bodies. The major cities and civic arenas of classical Greece were crowded with hundreds of images of exercised and buffed masculinity. The perfect body gave the Greek citizen a difficult model to live up to. To get the body in shape needed training, and that meant, first of all, the gym. The gymnasium was one of the fundamental signs of Greek culture. You could be sure you were in a Greek city if you saw a theatre, a symposium, a political debate—and a gym. It was a prime place for thinking about the body, and for performing with it. The modern preoccupation with the gym, often seen as a sign of contemporary city life, finds its real origin here, in the ancient Greek city. Our preoccupation with bodies and exercise is not new at all, but another classical inheritance. Choosing your gym, worrying about your appearance, exercising the body, adopting a diet, hiring a personal trainer—this is all good ancient Greek civic activity.

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Women in Greece Women were important in ancient Greece. It may have been cause they could develop their beauty. The Greeks thought their women were the most beautiful in the world. Greek women dressed provocatively in see-through materials that developed their feminine shape and revealed their sexual charms.

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Moses Maimonides- On Exercise Exercise removes the harm caused by most bad habits, which most people have. And no movements is as beneficial, according to the physicians, as body movements and exercise. Exercise refers both to strong and weak movements, provided it is a movement that is vigorous and affects breathing, increasing it. Violent exercise causes fatigue, and not everyone can stand fatigue or needs it. It is good for the preservation of health to shorten the exercises.

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Body and Soul A good, sound body, which does not disturb the equilibrium in man, is a divine gift… But it is not impossible to conquer a bad constitution by training… The well-being of the soul can be obtained only after that of the body has been secured... Maimonides (1135-1204 CE),Guide for the Perplexed, 1190 (3:8; 3:27)

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You may be free from sin, but if your body is not strong, your soul will be too weak to serve God aright. Maintain your health and preserve your strength. Ba’al Shem Tov (1700-1760) Respect your own body as the receptacle, messenger, and instrument of the spirit. Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, The Nineteen Letters (1836), no. 11

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ALTERATIONS ART PROJECT Artist have use “the body” and “body image” to inspire many works of art. However, more rare is the use of clothing to make art to reflect concepts of BODY HATRED, SELF ESTEEM, AND SELF WORTH. Artist, Birgit Gehrt, creates unconventional garment sculptures and accessories to reflect these ideas. Some are wearable and others sculptural. All comment on clothing’s role as a second skin or shield, and the ways fashion expresses social messages.

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“More to Life” By: Jenniffer Andrews and Birgit Gehrt “Clothes are worn inside and outside. They can be read as a bridge between the two. They are “taken care of” inside: washed, mended, folded, etc. In the public they are shown off, presented, judged, hidden, ridiculed, compared….” Pillow Dress Reads: “Do, You, See, Me.

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Poetry and Art Candy Un-coated Ice cream Chocolate cake Brownie Uncomfortably stuffs the space where  My self-love should be All 3 together forming a  Concoction of self-hate A sticky brown mess  Corroding every inch of my body My inner sanctuary, I've converted into a filthy kitchen Racing to wipe up the grime, I fear someone will look upon with repulsion Unable to see past my Obvious imperfections Desperately, I seek the illusion of purity, While the layers below Stained with self-loathing and pain Remain untended to ©2005 Poetry by Cassandra Hazen

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Who are you? What are you about? Intense Like Me Bitter wonderful chocolate A sumptuous thin square melting slowly in my mouth after a delicious meal or with afternoon tea Senses awakened Brain delighted Not too much sweetness to overpower the pure dense flavor Intense like me Of the highest quality or not really worth it The way I choose to experience  my ride on this planet  Savoring the greatest flavors life has to offer Conscious all the way through to the end ©2005 Poetry by Connie Sobczak  

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Practical Art? “Rememberme” by: Tobias Juretzek What do these chairs say about the clothing they were made out of? Are clothes always practical? What does the title add to the work? Does “me” refer to the person or the clothes?

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Clothing Masks What do masks do ? What does clothing do? Is there a similarity between masks and clothing? Do these works elevate the clothing ? Bela Borsodi

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“Connecting With Clothes” Do clothes help you connect to others? How do these images reflect the Greek ideal? The Jewish Ideal? By: Chisato Ishikawa

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The Project Use poetry and create a sculptural garment that expresses the words you have written. Each piece should tells a different story about IDENTITY, BODY IMAGE, and/or SELF-ESTEEM in contemporary culture. Work in groups of 3-4. Begin discussing your concept. Use Key words. Your poem will be incorporated ON TO your garment. You may cut, paint, sew, bead, on your garment to transform the fabric into ART! In this work, Gehrt attaches coins with KEY words hanging from the garment.