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Re: displaying work


Date: Thu Jun 21 2001 - 15:00:35 PDT

I thought I would jump in the fray and add my two cents. I
teach art as a process with many different outcomes..but not
as a product driven class. Yes we make 'product', but as I
tell my kids when we critique, these products are
milestones, I mean afterall after they have completed their
'painting' for example, how MANY paintings have they done in
their lifetimes? Do I expect this to be their BEST
painting? No, but I DO expect that they can talk about it,
see if they matched up to their intentions, see if they used
the elements and principles, check their technique, and so
forth. Our most exciting times are when we look from one
work produced early in the semester to a later work and talk
about how far the artist has come, and how they got there.
As for hanging work, since we teach 7 different art classes,
we rarely put up a showcases with one type of 'product' all
together, we mix work in the showcase or on the bulletin
board, so the audience (the rest of the school for example)
is not tempted to compare one to the other but is stimulated
by all that they see, and hopefully a dialogue is created
about how each piece was done.
I just hung a showcase to be up all summer. In it was some
architectural white on white bas relief done by my AP Art
History Students (who incidently are not all art students),
advertising design done by my beginning art students, and a
value study black and white to tempra done by a painting
class. I am hoping the summer crowd going by on their way
to the guidance office stops and says "woah, look at that, I
wonder how they did that" or "hmmmmm, that's interesting"...

San D