I haven't had much time lately to participate in the discussions
on ArtsEdNet as most of my summer is spent out in the field, but
I would like to suggest a new topic of discussion: What do you
believe are criteria and strategies for developing significant
DBAE art production activities in relation to studying specific works
Since our institute works with five art museums and we develop
curriculum materials often based on works of art from these
museums, this is a major issue of concern for us. We do not want
to trivialize works of art or copy them directly, so we
have suggested the following guidelines:
Art production activities based on the study of a work or works
of art may be developed through the following approaches:
(1) the meaning of the art work
(2) common themes shared by two or more works of art
(3) the style of the work
(4) the media or techniques used in the art work
What do you think of these suggestions? Can you suggest
additions, deletions, or changes? How can we avoid trivializing works of art?
What approach do you most prefer?
Personally, I am most comfortable when students study an artwork
comprehensively, then use the meaning, theme, media, techniques, or
style to create original works that express their own experiences in
contemporary terms. What do you think?
Thanks for your input; I appreciate your responses.
Stay cool (it's been in the 100s here all week),
Nancy Walkup, Project Coordinator
North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts
PO Box 5098, University of North Texas
Denton, TX 76203
817/565-3986 FAX 817/565-4867