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Lesson Plans

Re:not just monet

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Wed, 27 Mar 1996 23:23:43 -0500

This would have to be tailored for the kids in your classroom, but
something that might help get across the concept (of how radical
Impressionism was)would be to come up with a hypothetical situation related
to something the kids could personally identify with. Like suppose there
was a family get together at Grandma's house, and when you arrived you
discovered Grandma had gotten a tatoo, painted her dining room black, and
had her nose pierced! And you were having a soybean burgers because she
had decided to become a vegetarian. (Of course this wouldn't have much of
an impact if kids had grandma's like this....) Would you feel
uncomfortable? Is that how you would want your friends to see your Grandma?
Or would you want her back "the old way"?

I was trying to think up an example that would have some "shock" to it. A
radical departure from what is accepted and expected. Something that would
disturb people because it was different, and different is often associated
with being of lesser quality, or "bad". Art goes through this cycle over
and over again! After awhile, what was so radical, so unacceptable, becomes
acceptable, and then a new avant garde rises up.

Sandra Hildreth <shildret>
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617