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More on mats

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Terry Barrett (TBarrett)
Sat, 27 Jan 1996 12:02:02 -0800

By using colored mats and colored construction paper to display art by
children, we are reinforcing school art practices that are different
from professional art world practices. Art museums do not use
construction paper or colored mats when displaying art works. White
is the standard color for mats, especially for art made recently.
Why should we differ from professionals' practices? Shouldn't we
hang student art, when possible, in similar ways to those that
galleries and museums hang art? Don't we want to bring school art
practices closer to real life practices? Shouldn't we further
dignify children's art works by labelling them with artist, title,
date? Shouldn't we curate shows of children's work, that is organize
it under some unifying ideas, and write wall texts to help viewers
understand the context of the works? In these ways, we would be
unobtrusively teaching students, teachers, and parents to become more
familiar with practices in the art world beyond the confines of school
corridors, and how to look at art in museums with an implied
suggestion to interpret the work they see.
Terry Barrett

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