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Bryce M Downing (bmd)
Sat, 6 Dec 1997 18:53:35 -0700 (MST)

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I am responding to the question How can we help make one time visits
or
brief art experiences relevant in some kind of on-going way for students?
which appears in the Conversations about Teaching Contemporary Art section
of
ArtsEdNet
(/education/teacherartexchange/resources/Ecology/conv.html). I
think
the way to make experiences with art memorable for students is to make
them
interesting. But art is interesting, you may say. Well, is it? For
younger
children especially, I think that giving the students background on the
artist
and information about the artwork helps capture interest. Capturing
interest is
the key to remembering things. Well, that and flash cards. =) Leading
students
in a discussion of an artist or artwork can also help them gain
information and
understanding. By helping students learn about the art and artists they
see,
even if it is for a brief period of time, we allow them to keep what
theyve
learned and seen.

Bryce Downing
The University of Arizona
bmd
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