Conflict is a universal phenomenon that, at some point, affects all individuals and groups and results from incongruous ideas, needs, or actions. Occurring on both the macrocosmic and microcosmic levels, conflict simultaneously encompasses war and a broken pencil.
Throughout history, conflict and struggle have affected groups by both separating and bonding them, at times resulting in political or social change. Conflict is a subject that is often represented in art and literature through the premise of man versus man, nature, society, or self. Ultimately, experiencing struggle is something that undoubtedly alters the lens through which humans view and interpret the world around them.
Rationale for Teaching
Many students experience conflict everyday in their struggle to fit in, make ends meet at home, and battle social prejudices. By exploring the idea of conflict, learners have the opportunity to analyze personal struggle, the struggles of their peers, and the struggles of current and historical groups. By studying conflict, students will acquire invaluable perspective about the different battles individuals and communities face. In the classroom, students are allotted the opportunity to explore the idea of conflict visually through the strategic manipulation of imagery, the elements of art and the principles of design. They will also learn that experiences such as conflict can affect the way others view and interpret art.
- Conflict can occur between man, nature, society, or self
- Experiencing and overcoming conflict can strengthen character and shape personal identity
- Conflict can lead to political, social, or cultural change
- In what ways is conflict represented? What visual devices might be used to create a sense of struggle in an artwork?
- In what ways do individuals and groups experience conflict?
- How can conflict affect a person’s character or sense of identity?