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Sorry to butt in,(this is a discussion, though). I've been teaching for ten
years at a rural school (60 miles from Cincinnati) and therefore the
collections are not accessible. I've discovered that kids, especially
younger ones (we can't all teach high school), do not understand the
inherent abstraction of the reproduction from its respective "real" work of
art. I have, literally, thousands of electronic and paper reproductions
which pale in comparison to a trip to the museum (we don't take those
trips). My feeling is that this problem is partially overcome by (1) the
"teacher as artist" and "art room as studio" switches (sometimes the
teacher has to have a meaningful and high level involvement with his/her
own studio work right there in the school) and (2) local artists and art
works (no matter how good) must be used as examples so that the students
understand the involved media and techniques. Keep discussing this, I
struggle with this and my own work as an artist.
South Ripley Elementary School