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Lesson Plans

Multicultural art in the timeline

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Thu, 29 Apr 1999 11:44:57 EDT

Melissa Chaney wrote:
> My classroom door is decorated like a time machine.
Students enter and proceed through time throughout the year. I have a time
line around my classroom along the ceiling. My bulletin boards change as
time period changes. My only downfall seems to be multicultural art. I dont
seem to do enough of that and I haven't been able to figure out where it
fit in the time line. Sometimes I do it sometimes I don't. >

This was also a problem for me and the other people I taught Art History with
at our community college. If you present material on a chronological model,
do you present all of the art of the world, or just European art (which is
what is most commonly done)? There are practical and philosophical concerns
and many different ways to approach it. Certainly if you compare art history
textbooks from different publishers and authors, and even different editions
of the same book, you will see a variety of methods. Some work, some don't.

One resource I found helpful was the online support page for Gardner's Art
Through the Ages (college art history textbook). The page with many links to
mulitcultural art is

If you haven't become familiar with this resource, it would be a great thing
to spend some time with this summer. There is also a section of the site
called Research Resources in Art History
( that is a list of very
useful links for educators, including the following topics:
Lists of Links
Image Resources (general)
Lists of Artists
Image Finders
Visual Resources & Projects
Research and Methodology
Online Journal & Periodical Searches
Art History: Various
Miscellaneous for Art Historians

I hope this helps someone. I have turned to this resource many times in my
work, both as a teacher and in my work at CRIZMAC.
Have a great end of the year,
Amy Metcalfe
CRIZMAC Art & Cultural Education Materials, Inc.

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