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Re: New Member - Welcome

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Frankland (frankland)
Thu, 08 Apr 1999 22:50:22 -0500


Hi Mary,
I'm still very new to the group - but you've found a great resource!
I had to share - we just took a group of students to the DIA for the
Gordon Parks exhibit - It was great! What an amazing artist - I just
finished his autobiography. Now I have to see 'The Learning Tree'. The
B&W photos were my favorites. The best part was when we looked at the
photo of Giacommetti with his sculptures, and then later saw one of his
sculptures in the gallery! Words can't describe how excited my students
were with everything they saw.We spent most of our time in the Egyptian
and 20th century galleries.The DIA is such a wonderful resource.

My father used to take us to the DIA and it was fantastic to share that
experience. Too many students don't get a chance to visit museums on a
regular basis, and being a classroom teacher you'll have more
opportunity because of fewer students, I hope. I wish I could have taken
more. That is the disadvantage of being an art teacher - how do you
choose who to take? I felt guilty for not being able to take all my
students - but I teach the whole school which equals 650! Even if I
narrowed it down to grade we're looking at 200+.

We had gone to Cranbrook in the morning, which was also a wonderful
experience. But it was quite a trip driving down Woodward into town. We
talked about that when we got back to school on Monday - when you think
that the average executive gets paid 250% more than the average worker
in this country...

I know many of my least academic students find motivation in art - at
least it gets them to school every day. When we inspire students to
appreciate art as well as make it they seem to see possibility in
everything. My daughters' teacher uses a lot of art in her lessons and
the connections they make with what they are learning are so much
stronger.
Enjoy the nesgroup, and if you're interested in any web lessons on
intergrating art I have a few bookmarked.
Vicky, in Muskegon