My teacher brain never shuts off…
As I was touring through the Vatican museum yesterday I was struck by these three pieces.
They are interesting mixes of Roman and Egyptian styles and symbols. The contrasts in the pieces and cultural influences demonstrated show a great deal about how cultures start to combine and twist together as nations grow and people start to move between two places.
There are some great lessons here on cultural influence, artistic styles, colonization, as well as Roman and Egyptian religion.
My brain started working overdrive on some neat projects. My main social studies curriculum is based around Canada. My having students select Canadian symbols and digitally fuse them together they could develop a deeper understanding of Canadian identity or history. Creating cultural mash-ups, within a culture would help them deepen their understanding of the culture they are studying.
Hmm…very Neil Stephenson – Cigar Box Project