100 Faces of War Experience

May 26th, 2018 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

 

It’s Saturday, May 26, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

100 Faces of War Experience

(100facesofwarexperience.org/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

Memorial Day is right around the corner. This website provides a powerful representation of people who went to Iraq and Afghanistan during the wars between 2001 and 2014.

Artist, Matt Mitchell, spent nine years reaching out to Americans who were there and painted life-size head and shoulder portraits of them. Wanting to understand the complexity of war, asked that they provide a statement about what these wars meant to them on a personal level. There are ten posthumous portraits among the 100 Faces project where the families worked with the artist and provided the words to accompany the portrait. Five portraits are civilians who traveled to the war zones in non-military capacities.

Use the upper menu to navigate the website. Select the “Portrait Gallery” to see thumbnails of the oil paintings. Select a portrait thumbnail to see the painting, read the bio of the individual, and to read their statement. 

Please note that the statements have not been edited and some visitors may find them inappropriate for their children, so as always, be sure to review prior to allowing children to view this website.

The artist said it best. “There is no way to fully comprehend the American experience of these wars. Yet I hope this work provides a glimpse. It may provide a small snapshot of our moment in history.”

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