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Re: Teaching the merits of abstract art

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Rdunkelart_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Fri Mar 09 2001 - 19:11:56 PST


In a message dated 3/9/01 8:34:06 PM Central Standard Time,
BluesTruth@aol.com writes:

<< I find it very difficult to teach abstract art history to kids. >>

If you approach it from kindergarten forward it makes it easier but then I
teach
elementary so do not have to go into in depth. The kinders create abstract
art
during ruler practice. How to hold a ruler and make straight lines. We
create
odd shapes as well as well known geometric shapes - which they already have
been taught the name of by their kinder teachers. On through the grades
we do geometric shape and organic shape art while studying color and just for
fun. the kids love to break lose and just be a free and wild artist. In
fifth grade
we do Kandinsky to music. We look at Klee and Miro. They end up loving
shapes and color - do they know
much about abstract history - probably not but they do develop an appreciation
for it and will be prepared to enjoy it when encountered in a museum. Just
my two cents worth. Roberta

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