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RE: art research project ideas


Date: Sun Jun 22 2003 - 17:33:25 PDT

Mike, My 8th graders did a "Living Art" project. There is a professional group in Laguna Beach, California that does this type of production. Sunday Morning did a feature on it. I wrote CBS and they sold the segment to me for $20. It was worth it. The students picked a painting, usually with people in it. They research the artist, interpret the painting and write a paper as a group of 2 to 5 students. They then recreate the painting in large format, they create the background with a variety of materials and then put themselves as the characters into the famous artwork by creating costumes. The students set up there background and props then pose for 5 minutes as a curtain is lifted to show them. One student is picked to narrate the history of the artists and explain why the artist created the work. We entered a contest at a museum for middle school and highschoolers. I have to brag, we won first, second and third place.The kids won $ and the school won $500. My favorite rendition was the Three Musicians by Pablo Picasso.
Another project I really liked for art history research was a bi-fold with a mirror on one side, the students painted a portrait of the artist on one side and it reflected in the mirror. Around the mirror was a 3" border and the students recreated bits and pieces of the artist into a collage painting. For example, one student picked patterns from a variety of Matisse's painting and used them. On the back of the bi-fold was a biography of the artist. I think I have examples on my 8th grade page.

Renee Berg
6th,7th Art and 8th grade Art Tech
Mitchell Public Schools
Mitchell, SD

-----Original Message-----
From: Marvin Bartel []
Sent: Sunday, June 22, 2003 10:14 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: art research project ideas

        Many students enjoy acting out something about an artist. Students form small groups. Each group selects an artist from a list of names supplied by the teacher. They research the artist and prepare a short skit. After the skit they hand out review sheet for the class or post a poster for the class to review. The skit can be like a talk show interview or the artist in her studio explaining a painting she did. The group can discuss a large reproduction or a projected image based on a prepared script. The actor playing the artist answers questions about her sources of ideas, composition, difficulties, special interests, her own childhood, her training, and so on.
        I have not seen this done in eighth grade, but I have seen it work well with older students.
        Marvin Bartel

                I would like to do an 8th grade art history research project next year. I'm looking for things that people on the list have tried and feel have been successful. I have 8th graders for only a quarter, so i would like it to be something they do on their own using library and internet sources. I would also like it to be weighted more on the writing side than the art production side, but I'm open to anything anyone will share.


                mike sacco

                p.j. Gelinas JHS

                Setauket, nY