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Lesson Plans

MEANING and the artist

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Cindy Cronn (
18 Feb 1999 09:45:39 U

I think we all have had experiences with artists who say that it is not important that they have any reason for their work, that it is just a personal expression and too bad if you don't get it. I am referring to Ayesha's comments about an artist/friend who was operating this way. As teachers, we also are confronted by the skepticism of our students for whom the above attitude just verifies what they believe about art forms that are difficult to deal with. I like the approach of asking students to suspend judgment as we work together to find ways of considering challenging art. I don't want to be the expert who tells kids what to believe. Helping students find their own language about art and what it means is a safe approach, but it is also likely to be more successful. I think sometimes a danger with students is that they may "overinterpret" what they see.