HOW DO I MAKE ART ABOUT SOUTH TEXAS?
This year’s Visionarios theme asks that students respond to the prompt “Exploring South Texas”. South Texas is home to a variety of rich cultures, diverse and beautiful landscapes, and unique ideas that influence the lives of its people. Many historical events have shaped the area to be what it is today, and what it will continue to grow into. We want to know your students’ perception of South Texas whether it be through their own personal experiences, their community’s history, or an even broader look at the area.
The subject matter of the artwork and accompanying essay should reflect or define the student’s vision.
SUGGESTED INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Please see the list of prompts and links below to spark ideas for student work:
- Many different groups of people from around the world have settled into South Texas, bringing along their traditions, beliefs, and culture. You might see some of these influences within your own family or community, such as through food, music, or dance. What examples can you think of? Are there any cultural events or traditions that you or your community celebrate?
- Beaches and brush comprise much of the coastal bend, and many unique species of animals and plants call the coast their home. What comes to mind when you think of South Texas nature? What kinds of wildlife can you only find here?
- South Texas has a unique history that distinguishes it from the rest of the state. What historical events do you feel were most influential to the area? Which events have impacted your life, or the lives of people you know? What do you think the future holds?
- What makes South Texas feel like home in your eyes? How would you describe it to another person? What would you miss about it if you moved?
- Sometimes we don’t realize how different our home is from other places. Are there any experiences you can get only in South Texas? What are some examples?