"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
The following activity ideas can be used to engage audiences in a hands-on approach to processing the ideas presented in the artist's film segment. They were compiled from our Educators' Guides and Screening Toolkits. Activities include not only visual art strategies but writing, research, and other disciplinary methods. Additional resources and strategies for teaching with films and working with contemporary art can be found in Teach.
McCarthy says that making videos is like making paintings, but he distinguishes between the different kinds of narrative they produce. Discuss this idea, and create a two-dimensional painting or collage on a chosen theme—using popular imagery and objects—and then translate the image into a video or sequence of images.
Distort or destroy a work of art you created, in order to make something new that conveys a different or opposing message.