Through the course of a year, I try to spark as many discussions on innovative art as I can--whole class, small group, one-on-one. I provide examples and as much context as I can (many of these discussions arise during discussion of other topics). One genre bends students' resistance more than others: Book Art. I've got samples throughout the classroom and a binder of photographs of alternative books over the last ten years. Below is a "book" by Carolyn B. that currently sits near the front of the room. It's got eight pieces of writing tucked under flaps on the head, arms, hands, and legs.
And here's another by Shaina S.: