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[teacherartexchange] middle schoolers and art appreciation


Date: Sat Apr 11 2009 - 18:51:21 PDT

When I read Betty's response (below) and providing opportunities to visit
production studios, I was reminded of the Chihuly DVD's. They are awesome
and kids cannot keep their eyes off of the whole orchestrated processes
related to glass blowing. (I never tire of watching them myself) I just
discovered Chihuly in the Hotshop (2007)and it's top notch. So for the classes
that can't do field trips to Tacoma (!) or anywhere for that matter, it can
provide a very good watching/listening experience. My 7th graders in
general art loved them.
Thanks to everyone posting and sharing.

Subject: RE: middle schoolers
From: Betty B <
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2009 06:45:32 -0700 (PDT)
X-Message-Number: 2

One of the most inspiring and lightbulb-appearing experiences I get to do
my middle school students is take them to a production sculpture studio
and a
glassblowing studio.

We also visit an art museum, but it is quiet and a little stuffy, and for
students (for some of them it has been their first time in an actual
where you sit at a table) it can be intimidating and cold, even though the
is friendly.

the production studios help especially with the boys whose fathers have
them art is for sissies, and basically make fun of them for it. Nothing
like a
plasma cutter and pile of steel to change that attitude. They get to see
many people are involved in the making process, they get to see that there
is an
artist in charge, sometimes the one physically producing the object,
not. The love the noise and the smell and the heavy equipment. It helps
bridge the conceptual gap between what they learn in class and what they
see in
the museums.

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