Presentation and exhibition on Ken Currie

Learners will research the life and work of Ken Currie. They will have the opportunity to visit the People's Palace - eight paintings produced for the dome. They mark the 1987 bicentenary of the massacre of Glasgow's Calton weavers and explore social and political themes pertinent to the social history of the Clydeside, such as the workers fight against yard closures at Clyde Shipbuilders from August 1971 to February 1972. Learners take notes and record their response to the work. Learners explore and draw parallels with this in the work of Diego Rivera, a Mexican artist, who also painted murals exploring socialist and political themes. Learners write an essay for Standard Grade course and use this to create an exhibition of work in school for peers and parents.

Broad Outcomes of learning

• Knowledge and understanding of the visual elements enhanced 
• Enterprising skills: confidence in gathering info, collaborating and display of work and presenting, working in teams to achieve task, making decisions and sharing ideas 
• Develop employability skills: researching artists on Internet, planning and organising their essays, time management, communicating in a written form, reporting, improved literacy skills 
• Learners have developed enterprising skills identified as 4 capacities of CfE

Relevance to curriculum

• CfE critical activity

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