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Writing in the art room


From: Christa Wise (cwise_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Apr 15 2002 - 08:03:23 PDT

There is a really good book by Marilyn Stewart (who might be lurking on
this list) called
"Thinking Through Aesthetics." Aside from formatting lots of wonderful
aesthetic activities, the book provides endless thoughtful writing prompts
about those unanswerable questions in art. Such as:"Do you think art has
to be made of traditional art materials?" or "Do you believe art is
anything you like?" or "Do you think art should make you think?" or "In
what ways are artworks special?" or "Can an artwork be about something yet
not show anything recognizable?" All, or most, of these questions have no
right anwswers so everyone can be an expert. It will however get students
to practice making a compelling arguement in writing.