Celebrate Balfour Through Art
Not everyone is a history buff, but everyone CAN connect and explore the facts, faces, and relevance to help bring history to life. Express this great moment in history in a creative and artistic way.
- Read the introduction to this painting
- Or watch the video on the creation of this historical commemorative artwork
- Ask students to examine the various aspects of this piece. Focus on particular details using the etchings of particular sections.
Here are some questions to help you get the discussion started:
- What do you find is unique about this piece of historical artwork?
- Why do you think the artist selected to highlight so many different aspects of the history in a single painting?
- What part of the painting stands out the most?
- What does the painting say to the viewer, in your opinion?
- What other events in history do you think could be depicted in a similar artistic way? What artwork have you seen that has achieved this?
2) COMPARE collage representations between Beverley-Jane Stewart’s piece and THIS PIECE by Walter Bortolossi
3) CREATE a collage that reflects Balfour’s significance, Israel’s history, or another event in history that is meaningful to you, or an event in your personal life that has been significant in shaping your identity and your personal connection to Israel.
- Find photos to enhance your collage creations.
- Print, cut and paste any images onto your canvases or paper background
- You can add a mixed media aspect to your artwork by combining paint, pastel or other 3 dimensional textures to your creations.
- As always, we recommend using thick paper, poster/tag board, foam core board, etc. when collaging, as well as acid free paper so as to enhance the longevity of your creation.
Your finished piece will demonstrate how YOU celebrate your support for Jewish Nationalism, the State of Israel, and the stepping stones to statehood that were propelled forward with the monumental Balfour Declaration in 1917.
EDUCATORS! Let’s Get Started: