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[teacherartexchange] FYI Forward Thinking Museum SIte from Teachers FIrst (Art and Visual Literacy)


Date: Sun Mar 07 2010 - 05:11:06 PST

Forward Thinking Museum - Grades 8 - 12

This is a treasure trove of contemporary photography and film. The "Forward Thinking Museum" is where students build knowledge of photography and film while discovering how the visual arts can elicit meaning. The website contains a listing of exhibitions by groups and individual artists. Right from the classroom, students can witness the work of artists worldwide and watch professionals speak passionately about their life’s work. The enthusiasm of the spotlighted artists is infectious and inspiring. It is impressive how the site integrates the study of science, history, philosophy, and literature with the photographic experience. Every three months artists are encouraged to submit their own photographs for selection in their on-line virtual gallery.

In the Classroom:
This website is useful for teaching the arts and to challenge your students higher level thinking skills. For example, quotations from history, literature, or philosophy synthesize with evocative images. The pairing of quotations with art provides teachers with an engaging way to initiate student discussion and debate. This is an excellent way to demonstrate how the visual arts can overcome language barriers and ignite thought. A new developing feature is on-line workshops free to all public schools.

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