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Lesson Plans


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Sat, 13 Feb 1999 19:50:03 EST

Hi from Massachusetts where we are on vacation this week! I am hoping that
someone out there can give me some advice based on experience. I am writing a
grant to bring a visual artist into our elementary school next year for a two-
week period. The main goal is for students to gain insight into the life, work
and philosophy of an artist and the role of artists in our society. My plan
is for the artist to set up a studio in a very visible location, and work on
his/her art most of the time. Children will pass by, be able to see works in
progress and talk directly with the artist. Seeing artwork emerge from concept
through completion, through stages of research, planning, arrangement and
creation will hopefully give students a fuller understanding of what it means
to dedicate one's life to art. The artist will also join me in art classes,
where we will work in related themes and/or materials, and we will probably
exhibit his/her work for the entire school community. I am pretty confident
that this experience will shatter many stereotypes, such as "an artist is
someone who paints pictures and sells them to art museums." Has anyone had an
artist-in-residence, where students have developed new conceptions of the role
of the artist? I'd love to hear more!
Thank you.

Diane Jaquith
Burr School
Newton, MA

  • Reply: Buerkle, Jennifer: "Re: artist-in-residence"