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Re: teaching art appreciation to high school freshmen

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San D Hasselman (kprs)
Sat, 15 Aug 1998 13:38:11 -0400

Students will always try to take the easy way out when it comes to giving
"reports": That is why I avoid that type of activity. In the past I have tried
to "contemporize" their research by having them do a variety of things. I have
had a class (not an art apreaciation class, but a diversity studies english class,
but I think this would work for you), do research and actually "assume" the
identity of the person (in your case an artist), and then thrown all the "artists"
in a situation where they would have to take their knowledge of that person and
use it in the conversation. For example, I had one student act as a cab driver (we
borrowed a car prop from the set of Grease and repainted it to look like a
checkered cab), and then the 'characters would get in and out and hold
conversations. These kids actually got into the cab thing so much that they
brought in food that their characters would eat, and munched on it....and talked
about that as know Cezanne eating apples in the back of a yellow cab.
The kids had to cover a specific set of agreed upon facts, and the 'audience' had
to write down what they learned about the essentially everyone is
involved. Another time I had the characters do a roundtable discussion on a
specific issue they would be affected by....perhaps the use of color
(impressionists vs. expressionists). I have also had my students write letters
one character to another, again concentrating on prearranged issues, and facts.

What we, as teachers, need to do with kids, I think is show them that learning is
not an isolated event, like a report. That learning and information can be fun,
and is part of who we are as human beings on this journey. I know that sounds
corny, but for me I learn best when it makes sense, is fun and tastes good!

San D

ArtAltman wrote:

> Subj: teaching art history
> Date: 98-08-12 10:47:20 EDT
> From: Art Altman
> To: artsednet
> I was wondering how you might organize a student research project for an art
> appreciation class taught to high school underclassman? For example I wanted
> to have students pick an artist or movement out of a hat. I'd have them
> research it by giving them a sheet with various questions to answer. Then
> they would give a report to the whole class. How would I do this and not have
> students come to class and mearly read there answers off the sheets? Also
> besides surfing the web for info. Where else do you suggest students go to
> find resources that are anecdotal and brief? I'd appreciate any insight or
> any shared experiences into the matter you can provide.
> Thanks very much
> -new art teacher