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When I was in the classroom year before last (elementary -- before
that middle school), my school in Texas didn't have the internet
capabilities to access such a site. I think they might now
through the computer lab. Here in Conway, Arkansas my middle school
daughter can access such sites through the computer lab and the GT
classroom but I don't think they can in the art room. Are there art
teachers out there now who have access to computers in the art room
or through the computer lab who have their students search out sites
like the Biggers site? Has anybody on the listserv done this with
In regards to the interactive student site, it seems too easy to pick
out the symbolic meaning (but then, maybe it doesn't matter if it is
hard or easy -- just that they think about the meaning). I was
dealing with 4th graders before the holidays and they picked up on
the idea of symbolism quite easily.
Also, when I clicked on the railroad track, and picked that Biggers
uses the RR track to symbolize both barriers and escapes, the ensuing
text just said the same thing. I think elementary students would
pick up on RR as escape, but would they get the "barrier" meaning?
I picked light bulbs and houses but didn't get symbol meanings ...
are only certain objects within the image set up for discussion?
Are there Getty people on the listserv who check these things out
with the patrons?
Assistant Professor, Art Education
University of Central Arkansas
Department of Art
Conway, AR 72035