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Lesson Plans

Whistler's Mother

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Thu, 21 Jan 1999 19:36:11 EST

Hi all,
I was wondering if you could help me with some fresh ideas for an old
masterpeice. Since I am an art teacher in training , my son's 2nd grade
teacher asked me to prepare a short lesson on the painting," Arrangement in
Grey and Black" otherwise known as Whistler's Mother. The reproduction has
been hanging in the classroom for close to a month now and the parent who was
going to give the presentation went into the hospital, so I was called into
pinch hit. I really like Whistler and I understand this painting to be an
example of the use of the flat spaces evoking the feeling of Japanese prints.
The problem is that I have to give a small project for the class after I give
them some backround on the artist and I am absolutly stumped for an Idea for
this grade level. I really don't want to stoop to asking them to draw a
picture of their own mothers, ( the project my predicesor was going to do) I
also can't seem to view this peice of art freshly.... It's so pop culture....
It was featured in the latest 'Bean" movie for goodness sake. In fact, they
will probably mention that to me when I see them. Anyway, any advice you can
give to me would be greatly appreciated. And I really need it soon.
A thousand thanks in advance to you all in cyberspace,


  • Maybe reply: Glenda: "Re: Whistler's Mother"