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Becky Alexander (Bekalex)
Thu, 13 Feb 1997 19:21:13 -0800

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>In comparing works of art (no matter what culture they are
>from), we do not make judgments about whether or not one work of
>art is better than another. Comparing works of art helps promote higher
>level thinking skills while encouraging students to closely
>investigate works of art.
>Nancy Walkup, Project Coordinator
>North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts
>PO Box 5098, University of North Texas
>Denton, TX 76203
>817/565-3986 FAX 817/565-4867

I'd like to hear more about this, please. On what bases do we compare art?

I work with simple things like "Which one do you like better?" "Why?"
(Usually the subject matter or color) "Which one would you like to give to
your Mom?" "Why?" "Where do you think she would put it?" "Why there?"
"Which one looks like it was the hardest to do?" "Why?"

Are there other lines of questioning? And what about the older kids. How do
they compare the works of art.

Do you ever compare the works of the kids in class? "Who used more
different colors?" "Who used more red?" "How is Johnny's picture the same
as Susan's?" "How is it different?"

I haven't done this. I have had 5 or so kids come up at a time (if they are
willing) and show their work and we comment favorably on each. "I like
Javie's flower." Is this what you mean by developing higher level thinking
skills? I can see where it would but is there more?

Becky Alexander

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