As an educator, it is crucial to present exemplar artists to students who look like them, talk like they do and have had similar lives to them. Doing so right now adds seats to the table in terms of conversations of art and art education.
A big part of this lesson and the overall “point” was to equip students with both knowledge and skills of color theory and painting, building off of what we know from our extensive figure unit. Following this knowledge, students will create work that is more personal and interesting to them. They will reference and stay true to the knowledge of historical work and principles, but much more importantly use these tools to be true to themselves and to what they want to create, as that is what will make them stand out.