Sara O.
Homelessness on signs

Homelessness is an issue because we live with it all around us and sometimes we don’t care about it.  Our parents teach us to ignore, don’t look at, and never ever talk to a homeless man when we go to the city.  I was told that these people did something wrong, they want my money, and so on.  As I grew up, I realized that this wasn’t always true, and some people never come to understand this.  Most of the people who are homeless ran away from something, anything from an unwanted life, or abuse.  We may think of homeless people as someone who lost their job, but 25% of them are children.  We take this issue as a part of our life, and something that someone else should take care of.  I think that just by understanding what homelessness is really like, people will help solve this issue.  Many schools do a 'Homeless Awareness' day where kids sleep outside for a night to realize the hardships of being homeless.  Other organizations like the CCH combines community organizing and legal aid to the homeless.

I used a background that is colorful with both dark and bright colors created by colored pencils.  The dark colors symbolize the shame that the homeless men and women feel, the cold, dark nights they sleep through, and the hunger and pain they feel.  The bright colors symbolize the hope, the dark colors turning into bright colors shows that this issue can be fixed.  The homeless man I drew is facing toward the bright colors, showing that that is where he wants to be.  The cardboard signs are the signs that the homeless people hold up, and that is the main thing that I think of when I think of the homeless people in the world.  The signs are the homeless men’s and women’s feelings, and the hope and future they want to have. 


Faimy S.
02/29/2012 9:25am

Your hexagon is really cool and creative. It shows what the homeless people really do. Also, your description really tells me how bad this issue is! I really like this one!

Ms. Weiss
03/12/2012 12:20pm

I think that the use of cardboard is amazing. You really incorporated real life into your art. Nice job!


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    Emily Erickson Cook

    _National Board Certified Art Teacher
    Technology Specialist Endorsed
    Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed

    I teach middle school art in the suburban Chicago area. This project has allowed my eighth grade students to confront global issues and to have an artistic voice that expresses their concerns and passions that one day just might change the world.

    Amy Weiss

    Global Perspectives Teacher
    World History, U.S. History, and Social Studies Endorsed
    Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed

    I teach with Emily Cook in a Chicago suburban school. While my students have learned about global issues in the past, this project allowed them to see that these are not problems that people in other places in the world have to deal with, but rather, that these are world problems, and since we all have a civic responsibility to the world, these are our problems too.


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