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Lesson Plans


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Thu, 13 Jun 1996 22:13:20 -0400

In response to Eileen's comment that knowledge is necessary to judge and
often to even like a work of art, I would like to add some thoughts. Even a
very novice viewer will have preferences, most often toward the familiar,
such as portraits or landscapes, or even black velvet paintings. This is a
comfort zone, because it is easy for them to understand. Knowledge (and
changes in prefence) comes with exposure, and exposure comes from continued
experiences viewing art. With a small amount of experience, judgements or
evaluations begin to form because the viewer has a minor frame of reference
from which to judge. It's OK for beginners to just look, without all the
background information. When they're ready, they'll want answers!

Diane Jaquith
Ayers Ryalside School
Beverly, MA