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Re: K-12 Visual Arts Curriculum

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carla harwitt (
Wed, 5 Feb 1997 19:07:12 -0800 (PST)

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Peggy - The Lindisfarne Gospels and the Book of Kells are two wonderful
and important illuminated manuscripts from the Celtic Art period, and
L'Heures de Duc de Berry (not sure if my spelling here is perfect) is a
well-known Book of Hours from the Gothic Art period.
--Carla in LA

On Wed, 5 Feb 1997, Peggy Angstadt (SBE) wrote:

> First, a thank you to all who responded to my "creative valentine" request.
> I know there are so many valid ways (rather than 'gimmicky') to tie in
> holidays with art, be it Martin Luther King Day or Valentine's Day. I taught
> ten years of secondary art before leaving the profession to raise my
> children--a ten year absence. Now I am in my fifth year of teaching art one
> day a week in a K-6 situation, and I still have difficulty at times thinking
> "elementary".
> Now, I have two requests for information/input from this group, and I will
> try to be brief:
> 1. Visual Arts teachers in my district are in the process of creating a K-12
> Curriculum. Currently we are focused on the art history component, and we
> each have a task to identify key works/"icons" of art which can be
> identified with a specific culture and/or style from primitive art to the
> present; for example: {Mona Lisa; Leonardo da Vinci, Western art, early
> 1500's, Renaissance}.
> My "task" is in the area we are labelling 'graphic arts' which includes
> drawing, printmaking, manuscripts, calligraphy, photography, etc. I will
> include things like the Book of Hours, work of da Vinci, hieroglyphs. What
> I need are prominent works rather than obscure works--works that the
> students would most likely meet later in life and recognize once again.
> (Even as I write this I am thinking of the quote from a source unknown to me
> "The greatest enemy of understanding is coverage.) This will be a
> >reference< list...
> 2. The next idea is in its "birthing stages"...
> Idea: I would like to have a school-to-community evening where the students
> educate their parents and community members on the life and work/style of
> master artists, be they from western culture or world cultures (I can see
> I'm already getting complicated--keep in mind this is K-6). I would like
> the students to research the life of an artist and "become" the artist for
> that evening, dressing the part, displaying 'their' work, have those in
> attendance use materials to work "in the style of"... (possibly having a
> community member helping them in their research...)
> Request from this group: I would like to tie this in with our school
> initiative involving multiple intelligences, so I am interested in master
> artists (obviously spatially intelligent) who are gifted in another one of
> the intelligences (now numbering eight and a half according to Dr. Gardner):
> bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, liguistic,
> logical-mathematical, musical, (spatial), naturalist, and (.5!) existential.
> I am SOOOOO greatful to be a part of this group. I get to use this school
> computer once a week and I spend the morning downloading 170+ pieces of mail
> and become connected with professionals from around the world!! Returning
> to art ed. after a ten year "break" I went from Lowenfeld to DBAE,
> multiculturalism (now pluralism?!?); from conceptualizing high school
> students to tactile five-year olds! This could be called the Rip Van Winkle
> Syndrome, eh? Now I spend three + days a week trying to catch up for a 20%
> position here! This networking has really given me a boost! Thanks for all
> your help. Peggy.

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