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Art Reproduction Preference Survey (long message)

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Nancy Walkup (walkup)
Mon, 7 Apr 1997 10:15:50 CST6CDT

ArtsEdNet Talkers:

Here's the survey - the winner of the "door prize" is Paul
Sheridan. Paul, let me know which handbook you would like - Art
& Culture in New Mexico or Japanese Art & Culture.

Thanks to all of you who participated. I have tried to compile
the results below. Please remember that this is not an
experimental study; it's just an informal survey to satisfy my
own curiosity. Overall, I'm impressed with participants' desires
for significant contextual materials to accompany art images -
"the more info, the better."

Art Reproduction Preference Survey on ArtsEdNet
An informal survey by Nancy Walkup

Time Frame: one week
Total number of responses: 58

Elementary 15
Middle School 9
High School 11
Higher Education 7
Other 16

Preferred visual art resources (listed in order- slides, the Web
and small prints all were about the same).

1. Large reproductions (clearly the first choice)
2. Slides
3. World Wide Web
4. Small Prints
5. Transparencies
6. CD-ROMs
7. Laser Discs (clearly the last choice)

Preferred form of large reproductions:

Most participants preferred large reproductions because they are
portable, can be used anywhere, need no equipment (low tech), and
can easily be seen in the classroom. They also allow use with the
entire class and/or small groups (many elementary teachers don't
have access to a slide projector or a room they can darken). The
least-preferred were prints that only had the image of the

Most people preferred information about artworks included both on
the back of the print and in an accompanying teacher guide. Most
did not want too much information on the front - just the title,
artist, date, etc. Information on the back ensures that it won't
be separated from the print. Having a separate teacher guide
provides accessible information about the prints if they are on
display and allows the teacher to take the guide home for
planning purposes.

Information to be included with reproductions (I requested this
response only with large reproductions because I felt the answers
would be applicable to all forms of art images; a teacher's
guide could be included with any of the forms):

Artist name, date, media, technique, size, location, style;
artist biographies, stage of career; location of original; time
line (what was happening in the world at the time the image was
created); suggested similar artists for comparison; the artist's
interpretation or comments; lesson plans; historical
significance; cultural context; art movements; explanation of
specific symbols; discussion questions to ask; themes;
references, who, what, when, where, how, and why; questions and
activities in the four art disciplines; interesting tidbits to
motivate the learner; interpretative comments, maybe even two
differing ones; suggestions for integrating across the
curriculum; connections to other works; information on the
process; interdisciplinary connections; the more info, the

Lamination (I didn't realize this was such an issue):

Two thirds wanted prints laminated so that they would not easily
become dirty, frayed, or torn; many also said they did not have
access to a laminating machine that was large enough to use;
others thought commercially-laminated prints lasted longer; some
had no access at all to a laminating machine; some said already
laminated prints meant they didn't have to take the time to
laminate the prints themselves.

One third preferred unlaminated prints so they could laminate
them themselves (and lower the costof the prints) and/or because
they did not like the glare on laminated prints.

Specific images or artists requested (in no particular order):

more female artists
more multicultural artists
more contemporary artists
more political art
more photography (as an art form)
Diego Rivera
Chuck Close
Georgia O'Keeffe
Keith Haring
Faith Ringgold
Janet Fish
Sandy Skoglund
Rose windows
Andy Goldsworthy
Fritz Scholder
Julian Schnabel
Jacob Lawrence
Romare Bearden
Chagall's windows
Justinian and Theodora mosaics from San Vitale in Ravenna
"no naked people"

Nancy Walkup, Project Coordinator
North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts
PO Box 5098, University of North Texas
Denton, TX 76203
817/565-3986 FAX 817/565-4867