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Lesson Plans

Re: Christian Art?

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Kathrine L Walker (klwalk)
Mon, 11 Mar 1996 08:46:01 -0600 (CST)

I have discovered that some public schools do book museum programs with
Christian art as a basis. 1. You can't teach medieval European/early
Renaissaince art without discussing the role of the church as
patron/buyer. 2. We had a collection of Santons (Little Saints) from
Provence, France which was popular with many schools at Christmas time.
3. We did have a program on the Old Testament in Art, but it was more
popular with the nursing homes.

Keep in mind that when you are talking multiculturalism, Western
World/Christianity is one of those cultures.
Kathrine Walker, Education Coordinator
Beach Museum of Art

On Sun, 10 Mar 1996, samantha lea ferris wrote:

> I have been active reader of the getty listserve for a few months now and
> have enjoyed watching the discussions that have taken place. It is
> comforting to have a source of information right at my finger tips.
> Being an art education student, I especially value the insight and have
> collected quite an array of responses to questions of interest.
> I would like to pose a question. I have recently read the discussions on
> nude art and where its place is (or not) in the classroom. I can see
> the problem many parents would have with the display of any classical
> nude sculpture but I do not necessarily see it as valid. Regarless that
> is not what I want to discuss. I am interested in the place of
> Christian Art in the classroom. By this I mean any art that contains a
> religious Christian subject matter. I am preparing a microteaching
> lesson soon for one of my art education classes and realized that a
> selection of some Christian works of art may not be taboo to my
> classmates to whom I will be teaching, but what about those 5th graders'
> parents who are not Christian? Does it have a place at all in the public
> school classroom? There are wide possibilities of lessons that could be
> planned comparing certain works and examining them without necessarily
> discussing there subject matter, but is this really possible?
> I am interested in any responses as is my professor. Looking forward to
> discussion.....
> Samantha Ferris
> University of Maryland