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I've thought about this and have come up with a couple of ideas. First,
the experience needs to be meaningfulto the students. It should be in
relation to or an extension of something currently being taught in the
classroom. For example, a recent art exhibit that was here at the Univ.
of AZ dealt with the camera obscura - pinhole camera. This can easily
relate to a science lesson on light while at the same time allowing the
students to see in person how this principle works and how an artist
incorporated it into his artwork.
Second, an experience can become more meaningful if it can be reproduced
in the classroom. Obviously, this is not always possible, but variations
can be done to closely simulate the original art process (remember the
totem pole discussions on this listserv???)
By experiencing a hands on activity in addition to tying it to other
curriculum, it will reinforce learning and make the brief art experience
U of AZ