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Re: Videos for Art Class


From: Peter Gorham (gorhapej_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Mar 28 2002 - 02:43:30 PST

    I like the way that Wendy describes using videos in her
class, specificallyas background to other working. Lately
I've been playing with sound down, or off, or even at
regular levels while students are working on a project- This
sort of background viewing seems to get most of the
message of the video across, and catches kids who would
not otherwise be working - It is a great way to change the
tone of the room and does not fit with the way we use
video in schools usually- though this is the way we watch
television at my house (working with our hands or even
reading with the television in the background)
For the last week. I have been watching a video from the
National Film Board of Canada constantly, repeatedly as I
teach K to 12 students. Some of the classes have been
working on relateed projects some not-although everyone
has seen the projects that are relateed to the works one
the video. The video is an engaging collection of three
films about the collage and painting methods of the late
Jack Shadbolt. The video is called "Transfigured:Jack
Shadbolt Inside The Mind"
This is the not an advert but for those who are interested
the video can be ordered at 1-800-267-7710 (CANADA)
and at 1-800-542-2164 (USA) there is a website, I have not gone there yet but I will.


On 27 Mar 2002 at 22:34, Wendy Manning wrote:

I got 2 new videos this year and have been pleased with
both of them.
 "Mary Cassatt" is an emmy-winning, fictionalized movie
about Cassatt, her
nieces and nephew, and Degas. The theme was her
struggle, as a woman, for
recognition. It's very kid-friendly and the grade sixes
enjoyed it.
  I wasn't so sure about the A&E Biography of Picasso. I
let the class work
silently while it was on, because I thought it was a little
dry, but they
watched it and insisted on seeing it all. It really dishes the
dirt about
Picasso and his women, and their effect on his work, and
they were
fascinated and asked lots of questions. I warned them
about the nude stuff
and fast-forwarded the racier bits.
   Other favorites are Linnea in Monet's garden(grade 6),
the Elements of
Design (grade 7) and Masters of Illusion(grade 8)

> What are your favorite videos to use in Art Class for Elementary, or
> Middle School, or Junior High,or High School Art?
> Which the most bang for the buck?
> How do you use videos as a productive tool?
> With discussion, handout, questions or.........?