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RE: writing & art & literacy


From: Robin Singer (RSinger_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Dec 09 2002 - 06:20:35 PST

Hi Sandy, I was just wondering if you are in the Chicago area. I am
supposed to get in touch with a Sandy Bacon to do some mural painting. Robin

-----Original Message-----
From: Sandy Bacon []
Sent: Sunday, December 08, 2002 10:00 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: writing & art & literacy

Can we start a thread on the connection between art

& writing? I find myself

constantly asking teachers to provide written work

so we can collaborate.

As I mentioned in a previous e-mail, I started an Artful Reading class last
year with a class of third graders that I had been assigned to tutor to help
improve proficiency scores. I told my principal that I would, but it had to
be related to art. The Columbus Museum of Art has a wonderful program
called Artful Reading. The children visit the museum after having had a
docent come to the school and discuss what the program and chosen art is
about, or you use the prepartion packet yourself. There they "read"
particular pieces of art and answer and ask some very thought provoking
questions about the art and artist. I insist that they use their artist's
eyes to look at the work and use proper artist's vocabulary (elements and
principles) to describe the piece, in addition to their emotional response.

After seeing several different examples and discussing them with the docent,
you travel to the Columbus Metropolitan Library, where we do the exact
opposite. Our librarian must have pulled 15 - 20 assorted versions of the
Three Little Pigs. Discussing the use of pictures to bring the words to
life, age appropriate book, feeling, etc. The kids were then given three
pieces of different colored paper and a glue stick and asked to illustrate
one scene from the book without using scissors, crayons, pencils, etc.
These were amazing!

We repeated this process in the classroom. They wrote about what art meant
to them in poetic form. They also did research papers on the dinosaurs
found in Wyoming and chose the Stegasaurus skeleton to reproduce in clay.

I don't know how much their scores improved, but I don't think the kids will
ever forget that class. It gave them an opportunity to see me in a
different light, also. I really enjoyed it.