Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tech Task #4- Edited Quote Picture

This image was taken courtesy from nellyfus 's Flickr photo gallery. It was originally titled "Lady Gaga Monster Ball Tour 2010". I cropped it and added text of a Lady Gaga quote, which was one of my favourites.

I chose this image because of the dramatic lighting and dark background. There's so much passion shown in the way her head is thrown back, as if she's throwing her entire self into her music.

The quote is interesting to me and I find it to be very inspirational toward my teaching style. As an Arts Ed. teacher, it is my job to unleash the creativity within children and youth. When I was young, my art was always restricted once I moved up into contests and competitions. It caused me to lose the source of creativity I had as a child. I'm currently trying to find it again. Artists have to work toward being original, otherwise their art isn't theirs. Lady Gaga is always critiqued as pushing the limits and being an awful excuse for an artist, but I admire her a lot. She's different and unafraid; two things I want to be, but that's hard to accomplish in today's world.

I know she isn't the best role model to idolize for a teacher, but it isn't the way she dresses or the way she acts on stage that I'm idolizing. Her lyrics can get pretty bad, too, for young innocent ears. It's the passion she throws into her work and the message she's trying to send that intrigues me. She tries to make people become less afraid of who they are and embrace their imperfections. She's not scared of people's opinions, and states: "well, that's your opinion, isn't it? And I'm not about to waste my time trying to change it." This is a great message for people who are different, like homosexuals, bisexuals, transexuals... people who are yet to be fully accepted into society yet live amongst us everyday.

She is a bit over-the-top, I admit. I wouldn't expose her to my students in an elementary setting. I'm sure that would get me fired straight away. But high school students are a whole other story. They need to feel loved for who they are, no matter who that person is. Another one of my favourite quotes by her is: "I want women - and men - to feel empowered by a deeper and more psychotic part of themselves. The part they're always trying desperately to hide. I want that to become something that they cherish." This is important for people who are suffocating in their current, suppressing lives to hear. I hope to send this message to my older students and give a more watered-down dose to my younger students.

No comments: