The relationship between art and violence is a constant theme in literature.
War and conflict, as brutal as it is, has also inspired artists to contemplate alternative ways for people to exist more peacefully.
History is filled with great artists who use their art to ask society difficult questions and often society isn’t very happy to be asked.
In the film Can Art Stop a Bullet? William Kelly's Big Picture, artist William Kelly talks to some of these artists and explores many of the artworks that helped change the world.
View the trailer for the film. In 200 words or more predict what you think the film is about.
Now watch the film as a class
Name the artists below. You have one minute to answer.
Choose an artist from the film and
- Provide a short biography of your chosen artist (200 words)
- Explain the impact of one artwork/activity associated with your chosen artist (300 words)
Watch this extended interview with actor Martin Sheen,
In this interview, Martin Sheen talks about a number of issues:
- Class in America
- The Irish Troubles
- Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement
- The Vietnam War
- Actors and Politics
- Counter culture in 1960s America
Research one of these topics and choose a text that focuses specifically on that issue. For instance you could choose, The Great Gatsby for class in America or The Wind that Shakes the Barley for the Irish Troubles or Apocalypse Now for The Vietnam War.
- Write a review of your chosen book
- Write a short story based on ideas that Martin Sheen talks about in this interview.
- Imagine you are a journalist, what questions would you have like to have asked Martin Sheen that are not asked in this interview?