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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