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[teacherartexchange] National Gallery of Art Institute

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From: KPRS (KPRS2_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Jul 31 2006 - 07:56:46 PDT


Hi everyone!
  I just came back from an awesome experience at the National Gallery of Art
(see their site, National Gallery of Art, Institute). I am so immersed in
Dutch Art. The conference was very professional, well organized, and very
eye opening. First of all we were able to learn with the paintings at our
fingertips. Secondly, the Director Julie and her Assistant Zev, were able to
secure the foremost authorities in Dutch Art to come and gives us lectures
on each of the areas "genre", "landscape", "seascape", "interiors",
"portrait" and "still life". We also had a music specialist come and play
the harpsichord, and recorder to accompany the images. We also went to the
Dutch Embassy for dinner and hear a speaker on Historical fiction. We of
course saw the movie "The Girl with the Pearl Earring" as well. The capper
to the week was that we learned podcasting, and we each were able to make a
podcast about one of the pieces of art. We will be getting copies of each of
our podcasts in September. This podcasting thing has me intrigued. I
designed my podcast to be one of a series, thinking I would post them for my
students (highschoolers) but also for this group, and we could all perhaps
learn to podcast and then subscribe and share. But, I only took the first
step, and am not sure how to do the "posting/subscribing" thing. I bet Kevin
would know. The part of podcasting that I like is that EACH of us at the
conference had a different "take" on looking and teaching about a piece of
work, and I think I would like us to be able to take this artsednet to
another experience by putting voice to our ideas. The podcasts are only
about 4 mins long, and are almost like 'radio' where people can download
these 'voices' and hear insights about art. Of course our podcasts had
visuals as well, (although this old lady wouldn't be looking on a iPod for
images at any time soon), but these podcasts can also be played on our
computer screen.
  In my conference there were 27 teachers, and then in the next session
(next week) there will be an additional 27. The teachers were from all over
the US and the Virgin Islands. Some were art teachers, others were history
teachers, and some were elementary school teachers. Most were arts
specialists in public and private schools. We left with a bundle of notes,
handouts, a book, 2 posters, a DVD, and an extreme appreciation for Dutch
Art. I know my colleagues and students are in for a treat when I share what
I have learned!
  Here's my hint for Dutch Art...it is definitely not what it seems, the
days were never that perfect, the skies were never that beautiful (heck
there was a 30 war going on for the most part!), there are symbols
everywhere, and emblem books to help decode them, over 5 million paintings
were made during that time, and everyone owned art. The church was no longer
the major patron (Calvinism) and Dutch artists marketed themselves, and were
free now to succeed or starve. Who knew??

 San D

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