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1. I am a member of NAEA and am active in the Kansas art educators
group. This is by no means an attack on NAEA.
2. I taught in a studio program for three years.
I also want to clarify how the program at the Beach Museum of Art is
a "real" art education program! ( I am aware that some of you do not
have art museums in your area that are doing this, but I can tell you
as a member of the board of EdCOM, the Museum Education Committee of
the American Association of Museums, that this is the trend.)
When a group comes to the Art Museum they get a chance to see REAL
art - something they do not get to do in the classroom. Just as when
they go to the theatre, ballet or concert. These experiences with
the real thing can by no means be considered just "enrichment".
Experiencing are by others is part of the process of any studio
At the Beach Museum of Art at K-State, students spend 1 1/2 hours
looking at art, problem solving with art, and often, if the teacher
has time creating art. We work to teach the students how to use
Edmund Burke Feldman's aesthetics (chosen because this is what is
taught in the art program with the school). In addition, we tailor
each tour to what the students are studying in their current grade
level. Our methods are based on DBAE, Harvard University's Project
MUSE, and other current research on formal learning in museums.
The second part of the tour involves the students in gallery
acitivities which apply what they have learned. For example, high
school art students do critical writing projects which then go into
their portfolios. They might be the "Curator" and choose which work
to buy for the museum. They might write a catalogue entry. Younger
student do the same things, but in a more gamelike format. All of
this is done with the REAL THING. Students can see texture,
brushstrokes, subtle use of color, etc.
Finally we apply the art to a project - whether it be a color collage
based on the paintings of Wolf Kahn, a flat style painting of the own
lives based on the works of the Studio School, or printmaking to go
with our extensive print collection. All in reaction to actual works
I guess the point of my ramblings is that I just don't understand how
experiencing the real thing if you are a serious art students,
musician or actor, can be considered "enrichment" and not part fo the
formal learning process????
Kathrine Walker, Education Coordinator
Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University