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Art History-not "DBAE style"

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Margaret Grosspietsch (Margaret.M.Grosspietsch-1)
Tue, 25 Feb 97 06:48:28 -0600

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Looking for suggestions for motivating ways to present Art History to Junior
High... I am asking because I just learned that I will be covering an Art
History unit during my student teaching. The problem is, all of my pre-service
training has been VERY DBAE based, where art history is integrated with the
other art disciplines.

Unfortunately, the DBAE type curriculum for this school is "in progress" and
won't be implemented until next year. So, according to the old curriculum, art
history is a separate unit. Its also strictly Western (so far! wait 'til I get
there!).

Now, like many of you, I am a product of the "art in the dark" type art history
instruction, but I was a willing BFA student at the time. I KNOW these junior
high kids won't stand for for 2 to 2-1/2 weeks of solid "show and tell" art
history. In that time I am being asked to teach everything between prehistoric
days to 1997. No small feat, huh? I want to de-emphasize the Western and
introduce the art of other cultures, too. (I am allowed some flexibility.)

To keep their interest I need hands-on, interactive ways to present such
material and not "show and tell." -- LOTS of VARIETY -- it's a tough crowd.

Any suggestions on how to approach this task??
Any suggestions for motivation?

I'll be web surfing in addition to waiting for your ideas. Your collective
wisdom is sincerely appreciated.
Thanks. Margaret


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