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A&E.A - comment on teacher story

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Lisa Berber (lberber)
Mon, 8 Dec 1997 14:11:09 -0700 (MST)

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I just finished reading "Visions of Columbus: A Children's Photography
and Poetry Exibition" found in the "Art and Ecology Curriculum
Integration" area of the artsednet website.

What really intrigued me about this lesson is that these children got
the opportunity to work with two things that they have probably never
worked with before - professional artists and cameras. I liked the fact
that the children would be doing the hands-on work (choosing a site and
photographing it) while the artists merely taught them the ins and outs of
the camera then let the children create! Also, I liked that the finished
products were displayed in a museum for the public to see.

This lesson was great for teaching the students about their neighborhoods
through self-exploration. By having a purpose for photographing, the kids
saw things around them in much more detail and significance. The poems
presented prove it. It was sad, though, that these kids have no choice to
live elsewhere. But, perhaps by seeing some undesirable things around
them, they will value their surroundings more rather than add to its
destruction. They are learning that a they can create art from a
neighborhood scene. They can capture a moment that has personal meaning,
which is basically why artists create.

This lesson easily integrates into the social studies curriculum.
Neighborhoods and communities are major topics in certain grade levels so
this project could be the visual component. Plenty of inquiry questions
are present and many of them can be used for creative writing assignments
for language arts integration. Science integration is present in the form
of studying light - reflection, refraction, shadows.

This program was developed for children between the ages of 5 and 12, so
the need for any adaptations is minimal. Older students probably wouldn't
need an adult along if this took place in my neighborhood. When
explaining what I want the kids to photograph, I may have to be more
specific for younger kids. Other than that, I think this is a project
from which any age can enjoy and learn.

Does anyone else like this lesson?

Lisa B.
Univ. of AZ

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