Outsiders Within

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by Mary Erickson, Ph.D.
and Arizona art teacher, Laurie Eldridge, Ph.D.

Outsiders Within is a three-lesson unit plan designed in conjunction with the exhibition Outsiders Within: Contemporary Work from Regional Latina/o and Native American Artists at the Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts.

Outsiders Within Exhibition Preview PowerPoint


  • Theme in Life: We are all members of one or more cultures or groups.
  • Theme in Art: Artists can get ideas from several cultures.


Learn How do some artists use ideas from their cultures in their artworks?

Look How do artists use lines?

Interpret What does the artwork mean?

For Secondary Students: How do artists and art experts understand/interpret the artwork?

Community Connections

Many people who live in Arizona see themselves as members of more than one culture or group. While some people maintain roots in one cultural heritage, they may, at the same time, stretch or even break its traditions as they make connections with other cultures. The Outsiders Within unit explores how artists draw ideas from several cultures and art traditions. It features works by Native American and Latina/o artists on view in the Outsiders Within exhibition.


Lesson One
One: What Is Culture?

What Is Culture? PowerPoint
About Artist Tlisza Jaurigue (pdf)
About Artist Randy Kemp (pdf)


Lesson Two
Two: What Does It Mean?

What Do the Lines Say? (pdf)
What Does Tlisza Jaurique’s Artwork Mean? (pdf)
What Does Randy Kemp’s Artwork Mean? (pdf)
About Artist Tlisza Jaurique (pdf)
About Artist Randy Kemp (pdf)


Lesson Three
Three: Creating Unity with Line

Preview “Making a Culture Collage” PowerPoint
A variety of magazines
Cardstock paper
Magazines, newspapers and other print (or printout) items
Black markers
Assortment of scrap booking and collage papers (optional)

Mayan Culture and Codex Supplementary Websites
British Museum
Encyclopedia Britannica Online
The Paris Codex: Northwestern University Library


Randy Kemp
Tlisza Jaurique
Nancy Erickson’s ESL students at Mesa Community College
Gary Keller Cárdenas and Melanie Magisos at Arizona State University’s Hispanic Research Center
Andrea R. Hanley, Berlin Gallery at the Heard Museum
Students in Laurie Eldridge’s 3rd grade at Ira A. Murphy Elementary School in the Peoria Unified School District.
Funded by the Friends of Tempe Center for the Arts

Estimated Time
Previsit Lesson = 40-60 minutes
TCA Visit Lesson = Field Trip
Post Visit Lesson = 90-150 minutes

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