This course will explore how different cultures and periods worldwide use silhouettes to tell a visual story and impact cultural change, from the Mughal Empire, to the Victorian Era, to contemporary examples such as Kara Walker and the Twitter logo. In each session, students will dive into a new world culture that uses silhouettes, block-printing, and shadow art. The class will journey from Mughal shadow theater that inspired religious equality to exploring how the use of a bird silhouette for Twitter in the digital era has empowered individual voices. The course is designed to energize students to embrace their voices and consider how simple one-color block images can encourage movements and considerable cultural and social change. Please note that this is a lecture and discussion course.
The Art of Silhouettes and Shadows- From the Mughal Empire to Twitter
Mondays, 5 - 6:30 pm
March 8 - April 12
Limited to 10 students
Skill level: All levels