Can art be used as propaganda

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Read the following quotes:

"Art is an idea that has found its perfect visual expression. And design is the vehicle by which this expression is made possible. Art is a noun, and design is a noun and also a verb. Art is a product and design is a process. Design is the foundation of all the arts." — Paul Rand
"Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future." — Robert L. Peters

Part 1

  • How would you describe culture and artistic creations changing during World War II?
  • What do you think the impact of art had on patriotism?
  • Can art be used as propaganda?
  • As mentioned in the quote above by Paul Rand, what "political ideas" do you see reflected in the art during this period?

Part 2

  • How has art changed with the use of computers and the Internet?
  • In thinking about the quote above from Robert L. Peters, do you think technology has increased the interest in art or limited the creative process?
  • What technologies and software have had the most profound effects on art in the 21st Century and culture?
  • What do your sources say about these influences?
  • Discuss with 2 or more classmates why you think that technology has increased or hindered artistic creations.


Rand, P. (n.d.). Paul Rand quotes. Retrieved from the Sic Quotes Web site:

Peters, R. L. (n.d.). Quotes on design. Retrieved from

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