Students will observe different ways in which artists communicate a message, whether explicitly or implicitly, via literal representation or abstraction. Teachers will facilitate discussion of an artist's decision-making process, and the various decisions to be made before, during, and after the production of an artwork - as well as how elements of spontaneity and imrovisation sometimes play into the process. Artists to be discussed include: Herb Ritts, Gordon Parks, Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, and Jackson Pollock. Following the tour, students will create a collaborative painting on a large sheet of canvas, implementing techniques of their choosing and communicating a singular message. The final product will be a medley of different styles, to be divided and distributed amongst them all as a keepsake.