PowerPoint Presentation Age of Reason by nix10042

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									Citizen Art & Visual Literacy
 Essential Understanding


Language, literature, and the
arts reflect the values and
beliefs of a society and impact
the transmission of culture.
        Social Contract

In order to live in society, human beings agree
to an implicit social contract, which gives them
certain rights in return for giving up certain
freedoms they would have in a state of nature.
Thus, the rights (and responsibilities) of
individuals are the terms of the social contract,
and the state is the entity created for the
purpose of enforcing that contract. Also, the
people may change the terms of the contract if
they so desire; rights and responsibilities are
not fixed or "natural". However, more rights
always entail more responsibilities, and fewer
responsibilities always entail fewer rights.

                   -Jean-Jacques Roussseau
      Student Activity

Turn to your elbow partner and
provide at least two examples of
a modern social contract.
Constitution of the United
   States : Preamble
We, the people of the United States,
in order to form a more perfect
Union, establish justice, insure
domestic tranquility, provide for the
common defense, promote the
general welfare, and secure the
blessings of liberty to ourselves and
our posterity, do ordain and
establish this Constitution for the
United States of America.
       Artist’s Purpose

“I liked the idea of using
individual license plates from
each state in the Union – [they]
work together to form this
bigger message. That was the
same spirit and design of the
real Constitution.”

             -Mike Wilkins
     Question One




How does Wilkins’ artwork
reflect a modern social
contract?
         Question Two

How does Wilkins’ artwork address
the Essential Understanding:


Language, literature, and the arts
reflect the values and beliefs of a
society and impact the transmission
of culture.
     Optional Activity

If you were to create this same
type of art today, how would
you represent a modern social
contract?

								
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