I try to expose my students to contemporary art with projects that include artists of today but i also take them (art club) to modern art museums. They seem to like art history if it is done with a purpose to their work or world. Explanations of why it was done is very important so that they can see the relationship between the work and if it has conveyed the artists intent. Small groups and docents who are not long winded and then allow them to explore.
San Jose, CA
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From: Pamela Atkinson <PAtkinson@riversideartmuseum.org>
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Sent: Wednesday, August 23, 2006 4:19:29 PM
Subject: [teacherartexchange] Contemporary Art
I joined your list a couple of months ago and have benefited greatly from your discussions.
I am the Youth Education Curator at a museum in So CA. that is increasingly showing more and more contemporary art. How do you present contemporary art and its issues to your students? What educational expectations would you have if you were bringing your students to visit a contemporary exhibition?
I want the schools that visit the museum for a tour to have the best experience I can give them. Hands-on art making is a strong component of the tours that take place in a historic building. This is the 1st exposure to a museum and sometimes to art in general for many of our visitor.
Thank you for your help,