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Lesson Plans

Re: More on mats

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Leon R. Nuell (lrnuell)
Mon, 29 Jan 1996 08:10:57 -0600 (CST)

Hign school and middle are appropriate places to so mat work as you
suggest below. Elementary school work is wholly different in many, many
ways. It is already difficult enough to deal with those who see children
as "artists" when they are not. Better to introduce parents to the real
world of art by hosting every year or so an exhibit by local artists
properly mounted, one for the kids as well.

On Sat, 27 Jan 1996, Terry Barrett wrote:

> 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