An artist I used to help gear students up for this kind of challenge was Maria Fabrizio. She is the author of "Wordless News," a blog where the artist aims to capture a headline everyday in an unique image. Maria spoke at the MAEA fall conference and shared her process and how she gets ideas. I especially like that she creates many of her textures at night and scans them in to create a library of them that she can use when appropriate for her work. I knew when I heard her speak that I would have to use her as an artist of note for my students.
Students really connected to her work and enjoyed going through her posts and trying to guess the headlines.
After only five days of work, here is what students came up with for their answer to the question, "What is your issue?"
Can you guess their topic based on the images?