Researching Canada's Wartime Artists
Art plays a major role in the social and cultural aspects of our lives. From art galleries to commercial billboards, from propaganda to computer screen savers, art surrounds and stimulates us.
Changes in art have often mirrored political changes. For example, while political ideologies such as fascism, communism and capitalism were on a collision course in the first half of the 20TH century, many new artistic movements, like futurism, dada, cubism, constructivism and surrealism were shocking the art world. In times of military conflict, some artists fled war either out of fear or for moral and/or political reasons. Others enlisted in the military and brought their talents to the front lines.
The artists on this list include those known for their work on the First World War, Second World War, Korean War and Gulf War. Have each student choose one Canadian war artist from the list below:
|Molly Lamb Bobak
Henrietta Mabel May
Thomas H. Beament
Edward "Ted" Zuber
For each artist, the student should research:
- the artist's background (date and place of birth, education, career, etc.)
- the style of the artist and examples of his/her work
- how the experience of war affected the artist's work
Finally, the student should to provide a personal interpretation of the artist's work by discussing a favourite painting.
The finished product can either be in the form of a research paper, an oral presentation or a poster-collage for public display.