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Kathrine Walker, Beach Museum of Art/Kansas State University
On Tue, 9 Jul 1996, Nancy Walkup wrote:
> Hello to All:
> 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
> of art?
> 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