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Mirror by Jeannie Baker
Transcript of Mirror by Jeannie Baker
Jeannie Baker Mirror Mirror is a wordless, dual picture book that tells the story of two diverse countries and cultures. The two stories are designed to be read simultaneously – one from the left, the other from the right.
The two countries that feature in this book are Australia and Morocco. These cultures are reflected through dual language - English and Arabic.
The underlying message of this book is to bridge the gap that exists between Western and Eastern civilisations. Art Apprication H.S.I.E CUS3.4 Examines how cultures change through interactions with other cultures and the environment.
ENS3.5 Demonstrates an understanding of the interconnectedness between Australia and global environments and how individuals and groups can act in an ecologically responsible manner.
ENS3.6 Explains how various beliefs and practices influence the ways in which people interact with, change and value their environment. English TS3.2 Interacts productively and with autonomy in pairs and groups of various sizes and composition, uses effective oral presentation skills and strategies and listens attentively.
WS3.9 Produces a wide range of well-structured and
well-presented literary and factual texts for a
wide variety of purposes and audiences using
increasingly challenging topics, ideas, issues and
written language features. Thanks for giving me this fun project, Mrs. Green!
You rock! Oh, the rest of you are awesome, too. Good job on your presentations, everybody! They're awesome! Good luck to people who haven't gone, I can't wait to see them! See you guys tomorrow! See you guys tomorrow! Bye! It's staring at you Looking at the front and back cover, write a description of the different cultural backgrounds of the two children
Locate Sydney and Morocco on a map and create a VEN diagram on the similarities and differences of the two cities
Using Google Maps, explore Morocco and the Valley of the Roses
Explore different cultures (can be backgrounds of students) and discuss differences to Australian daily life
Research different cities around the world and list traditions, religious customs, transportation, schooling, languages and food Activities Use a previous holiday or short trip that you have been as a inspiration to tell a story to your class mates using only pictures without words.
Write a recount of the day-to-day lifestyle of the boy in Sydney and the boy in Morocco
Using persuasive writing, write a discussion on 'Life is more family orientated in Morocco then Sydney
write a diary entry of the life of the boy in Morocco, and of a boy and or girl in any other culture, taking note to explain cultural and religious differences in daily lifestyle
Write a story that goes with the images in the book
Conduct a debate 'Is Mirror one story or two?' Activities Creative Arts VAS3.2 Makes artworks for different audiences assembling materials in a variety of ways.
VAS3.3 Acknowledges that audiences respond in different ways to artworks and that there are different opinions about the value of artworks.
VAS3.4 Communicates about the ways in which subject matter is represented in artworks. Create your own collage figures. Using mixed media create figures from two different cultures. Take note of different colouring and types of clothing worn in different cultures
Using materials from the garden create a collage of your own bedroom.
Use the rug designs in Mirror to design a rug design
Create a symbol for your own personal identity
Design and create a mask which symbolizes another culture or religious belief Activities The process of Baker’s work initially has her working out ideas through drawings with the focus on the work as a whole before developing the details. When she feels she can’t take the ideas and visuals any further, she starts to work on the collages, concentrating mostly on colour and texture. The collages are created from a combination of natural and artificial materials. Baker likes to use textures from the actual materials portrayed ,such as bark, feathers, cracked paint, wool, tin so that their natural textures become an integral part of the work. The vegetation used is often natural as they are first preserved so they last and a permanent colour is added. It can take Jeannie up to three years to produce a book. ‘Window’. She is known for her use of mixed media and is recognised by her signature technique of using collage. These collages are considered works of art in themselves let alone having them tell a powerful story. The focus of her work looks at a range of issues including; family, society, sustainability, the environment, Australian outback and wildlife. The pages A major feature of this book is that every image is made of a collage and then scanned to make the book. The Storyline It explores the lives of two young boys, one from an urban family in Sydney and the other from Morocco. From the illustrations you are lead to believe that these worlds couldn't be further apart. Yet with the journey of a homemade Moroccan carpet into the Australian boy's home, we can see how these separate lives become intertwined despite geographical and cultural differences.
Mirror illustrates how our lives reflect each other and that we are all, even in some small way, connected. Contrasting