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Re: meaning that is age appropriate

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Rosa Juliusdottir (rojul)
Fri, 11 Apr 1997 18:32:34 GMT

Hi Kara. I think that as soon as you start teaching art to children, be it
4 or 5 years old, they can begin looking for meaning in art works. Of
course the dialouge has to be developementally appropriate. I choose to
begin with just a little talking the first times I introduce my students to
a work of art. This is usually about 5 yrs. old. I may tell them the name
of the artist and where he lived / lives, sometimes describing that place a
little if I think it reflects someting that is important to the children.
Like about sunny southern France where Van Gogh painted so much. I believe
that the children must so to speak enter the artwork, or experience it.
Then it is easier for them to understand and form their own thoughts about
it. So my job as a teacher is to help them get this connection and it can
be done in many ways. For example a classroom full of yellow flowers in
vases makes a connection with Van Gog´s Sunflowers easier as does a trip to
the forest and a walk by and over a small stream in the fall possible give
students better understanding of Monet paintings of the Japanese
bridge.Well this is getting long hope it helps, regards from the far north,