Choosy Artists Choose .Gif

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Teenagers are very connected with technology—the internet, their smart phones, and trending memes. Animated GIFs have become prevalent on social media sites, and as a result, many artists are finding innovative ways to explore the medium. To demonstrate to learners that fun and exciting trends can in fact be “art,” the learners will watch a brief documentary on different styles of GIF art and create their own unique cinemagraph using an iPad app. They will explore the manner in which technology has impacted art making in a series of discussions and critiques.


Lane Laney


“Stylus” (CMA 1966.84)
Untitled,” Elaine Krause (1985.83.3)


Handheld Art


Columbia Museum of Art

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4 classes


Media Arts Standards:
MAHS1-1.5 Create self-led and peer-led instruction and assessment materials for
evaluating media artwork.
MAHS1-3.7 Describe the characteristics of particular media art forms and explain
ways that they convey meaning and influence their audience.
MAHS1-5.1 Describe ways that information from past and present culture has
influenced the evolution of the media arts
MAHS1-6.2 Practice legal and ethical behavior in the media arts and the use of

Integrated CCSS:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.1a Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.


Learners will....
• Investigate meme culture and discuss how contemporary artists utilize technology as both a subject and medium
• Write a brief but clear and supported argument about the nature of art
• Create original cinemagraphs using smartphones and/or tablets
• Evaluate their own work and the work of their peers using guiding critique questions


paper and pencils for sketching and brainstorming, rubric handouts

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