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Re: [teacherartexchange] Top Ten Images


From: Diane C. Gregory (dianegregory_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Jul 13 2005 - 22:11:13 PDT

I think I would go for meaning, concepts, aesthetic experiences and engage
students in deciding what they would like. I would focus on the critical
thinking that can be gained by looking at many different works of art. I think
it all gets down to the goals of your program. If I could determine my own
goals and ignore the state mandated curriculum, I would say that it doesn't
matter as long as the concepts we are learning about in a student centered
learning environment are being addressed. I guess I would ask the students
what they would like to learn. But maybe this is too lose. The more I teach
the less I know and the more I teach the more unsure I am that we know what we
are doing.

Dr. Diane C. Gregory
Director, Undergraduate & Graduate
Studies in Art Education
Texas Woman's University
Denton, TX  76204
Quoting "M. Austin" <>:
> I'm going to jump in here with a thought -
> > the collection should have representative works of art from a
> > variety of cultures
> > both male/female works, works of art from a variety of
> > historical/cultural periods, works from all genres, works that would be
> > interesting to children   In practice, I try to find images that I can use
> > that are examples of the concepts I am trying to teach.  Creating your
> > list would be a very individual thing.
> > if I am passionate about the work, this usually carries over into the
> > lesson.
> > It might be fun for children to create a list of their top ten.
> With these thoughts in mind, AND being completely realistic here, if a
> student were to leave your program at the end of 5th grade, never to take an
> art class again, and you only have these students for 45 min. a week, and
> you incorporate actual art making during that same 45 min. - all that being
> said, would you go for students having a true knowledge of specific artists
> and famous artworks (like recognizing the Mona Lisa), or would you go for
> students having alot of exposure, but not being able to identify specific
> famous artworks (like the Sistine Chapel) BUT having been exposed to a large
> majority of artworks.
> And at the middle and high school levels, how many of you spend time
> teaching artists and cultures, or do you focus more on technique? I am
> really curious about all this, since I am a one-person K-12 art program. I
> know what has worked for me for the past 11 years, but I am willing to
> change if I think it's in the best interests of my students.
> ~Michal
> K-12 Kansas Art Teacher
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