As art teacher, I believe we walk a thin line between giving students too
much visual stimulation (for inspiration) and providing a neutral
environment where students can concentrate and look inward for inspiration.
I've been in art rooms that were sterile and almost cold and I've been in
those that have stuff posted on every wall and hanging from the ceiling.
My installation (for this imaginary exhibit) would be an open large
classroom with lots of natural light (sky-lights, etc.) plus a really cool
system of track lighting that I can arrange through remote control. We'd
have plants everywhere- maybe even a tree in the middle of the classroom
like at the mall. There would be small grouping of work stations- 12
high-tech computers in one area, potter's wheels on a tile floor with drains
in another, and maybe some easels set up near the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Sinks, cabinets, and working tables would be fairly scattered through the
room. Walls would be dry-wall- not cinderblock- and would be painted a
relaxing pale blue. Wonderful quality art posters- including a time line-
would be arranged attractively on the walls between large bulletin boards
for student work. Students wouldn't be overwelmed by images and clutter but
still inspired for creative expression.
You didn't say I had to be realistic, did you?
"Could you "live" in such a classroom?" you ask? You bet!
Michelle H. Harrell
North Garner Middle School
Garner, North Carolina
( ) "Leonardo da Vinci's best pictures have been
! ^ ^ ! destroyed. They still live.
^! * * ! ^ An idea of genius never dies."
! \ ^ / ! -Edvard Munch
( ( 0 ) ) 1929
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