<< Do any of you have good ideas or examples to teach kids what style
is? or to define it?
I have used an approach with a college art apprec. class that seemed to work.
Formed groups of 3-4 students and handed out 3 prints by the same artist.
Prior to this we had looked at slides together and discussed the
characteristics that contributed to an artists' style. These can include
everything from subject matter to formal concerns to emotional content, etc.
When they get their three prints, they make a list of all the commonalities
they can find among the three works. Then they get an "unknown" print and
have to decide if it is by the same artist or not (and state reasons why),
based on what they have seen previously. By the time they get to this step,
it is usually pretty easy, but they are amazed that they can actually
identify an artists' work by his/her style. Of course, your choice of prints
can make it an easier r harder......