I suggest to and model for my students (alternative ed high school
kids) that first and foremost one should react to art and state one's
reactions. That statement is often verbal, but may be a piece of music,
dance, a painting or sculpture, a poem or even (shudder) an academic
critical essay. Only after fully experiencing an emotional reaction to a
piece does the viewer decide to find out all the things you mentioned. As a
teacher of children in a society, my concern is always communication and
sharing: thus the emphasis on stating your reaction.
My bulletin board would show how many different ways there are to
respond to art...
My favorite medium for artistic expression is ships in bottles. You
can bet that accuracy of rigging and a lusty shanty are more important than
the brand of liquor bottle the carver used.
Banjo, math & science teacher at
Pine Street Creative Arts Alternative School
1138 Pine NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504