The Art of Disruption

9-12th Grade

Throughout time, artists have effectively used a variety of media to challenge normative assumptions, change dominant public narrative, and confront systems of power and oppression. In this course, students will gain inspiration from artist activists such as Kehinde Wiley and Kara Walker and create their own works aimed at disrupting normative notions surrounding race, gender, sex, sexuality, wealth, disability, mental illness, and other constructs.


Printed images of artworks from which students were asked to select and talk about with the class.

Favianna Rodriguez

Student chooses print with words “Freedom; Justice; Voice; Power.” Student chose the picture because of the word, “voice.” Student shares that one can have freedom, but not have justice and power. One can have justice, but not power. If you have a voice, you can access freedom, justice, and power. Voice is the most powerful tool.


Two students chose picture depicted young black boy in a hoodie extending skittles to a police officer wearing a KKK hood. White student is struck by the violence of this picture. Black student shares identifying with this picture.


Male student shares about picture depicting women straightening her hair. Text reads, “.....” Student speaks about societal pressure for women to look a certain way and also comments on women usually taking longer to get ready. Student experiences malapropism/Freudian slip (correct term?) and instead says, “takes women longer to get better” (instead of ready).