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Ruby's Room

Episode:79Te Papa Collection:Art and Photography

Suggested curriculum levels:6 – 8

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, The Arts: Understanding the Arts in Context Communicating and Interpreting

Description:Athol McCredie gives us an insight into a very different view of childhood by photographer Anne Noble.

Questions for students

  1. Why might the artist have called these photographs, and the collection they are part of, 'Ruby's room'?
  2. Evaluate the concept behind these photographs and critique them. What is the combined effect of the use of the mouth as a single focus, enlargement and bright colours?
  3. To what extent should an artist consider the rights or concerns of their subjects? How might this constrain artistic freedom?
  4. What guidelines might an artist consider before taking or displaying photographs of children or adults? Discuss this with others. Try to draw up a list that everyone agrees with.
  5. 'Ruby's room' uses one feature to show different emotions and moods. In your own work, consider how you might focus on one feature in this way. Use the 'Ideas' response template to record a feature. Then describe how the idea could be developed.

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