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Re: Creative ways to present art history


Date: Mon Mar 17 2003 - 03:36:19 PST

One thing I do, is I present all art the same way. If we are discussing a
master artist, student work or my exemplar. This gets them to think of what
they do as art, although they recognize the are learning vs the work of a
master artist. I use a combination of videos, picture books, art books,
etc...whatever is age level appropriate. I use prints for discussion. At
the kindergarten level questions can be, tell me what you see? What do you
think is happening here? Is this person happy or sad? etc. Talking about
art and evaluating art (criticism) is woven into everything we do, so I find
when we pull out a print or take that oh so rare field trip to the musuem,
the students are very comfortable talking about art.

To begin with, I use an inquiry based method (this was discussed here some
months ago). Then we move to more factual information as is appropriate,
sometimes through a video or books, sometimes through anecdotal stories (if I
know them) sometimes because it comes up in the questions the children ask.

I also use Scholastic Art for students in grades 4 and 5. This is really
helping to make the students responsible for the information. If they have
to read it, then there is no excuse for telling me they have no idea what I
am talking about! (Long story attached to that!)

Hope this helps!