April 1, 2012

Touching History with Art - Walking in the Footsteps of Sojourner Truth

For my Art and Human Development class, I put together a webquest that addresses the life and times of Sojourner Truth:  A Sojourn for Truth.  This online lesson guides students through a series of projects in which they use art to represent and retain what they learn about history.  The ultimate goal is for students create a thesis statement by which they define their truths.  And guess what?  I found my truth in the process.  Shot with an iPhone:

I chose Sojourner Truth as a topic because she is a courageous and colorful historical figure. She stood up for what she believed in.  That she did what she did at the time she did it is worthy of deep respect and admiration.  She was also my choice because of the local connection.  I found it deeply meaningful to see and sketch the house she lived, to do grave rubbings of an ex-slave’s grave across the street, and to touch and observe with drawing and photography the life size monument of Sojourner Truth in Florence, Mass.

What is your truth?  Drop a comment!


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