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Re: methods for secondary museum ed.

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Kathrine L Walker (klwalk)
Tue, 16 Jan 1996 09:15:23 -0600 (CST)

Using local artists in the classroom and with trips to their studios will
certainly help students understand the process of creating art. Teachers
should look into artists-in-residency grant possibilities with their
state arts commissions.

Kathrine Walker, Education Coordinator
Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University

On Fri, 12 Jan 1996, Thom Maltbie wrote:

> >I think this is generally the queston my thesis is going to be on. I
> >don't have musch formulated yet, but I'd be happy to let you know what I
> >dig up as things progress. My basic idea is that it's a million times
> >more effective for kids to be able to stnd in front of an original work
> >of art and discuss it for its aesthetic and historical properties than to
> >read a book or be subjected to "art in the dark."
> Kathryn,
> 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.
> Thom Maltbie
> South Ripley Elementary School
> 812-689-5383
> Versailles, IN