Medieval Art: The Alabama Shakespear Festival (a FANTASTIC theatre/art museum
combined in Montgomery, Alabama) is putting on their second annual Renaissance
Festival on June 6 and 7. It will include all sorts of great Medieval events -
joustings, great foods, etc. I went to a gathering hosted by some of their
people last week that was so impressive I will not miss the event. I can't be
disappointed if it is only half as great as the samples I saw. The place is
extremely impressive any time of the year, from the time you get on the
grounds. If any of you happen to be in the area, I think you would be glad you
made the effort to attend. The Shakespeare Festival's museum is also a great
resource for teachers. They have an excellent loan program so I imagine they
have great Midieval stuff.You could contact them for info. I don't have their
address handy (I am at home) but could get it if anyone is interested.
WWII: I saw a good article in the current March issue of Reader's Digest on an
artist about their concentration camp experiences. I found it informative and
moving. The title of the article is something like "Secret Artist of the
Displays in Elementary: When I taught elementary a decade ago, I had a
nickname at the school of "The Masking Tape Kid" because I was always putting
up work (or rehanging it). I consider my use of the cutting board and masking
tape as two of my great skills. :) Anyway, when I was teaching an "Art in the
Elementary School" class at a local university, I had a student tell me about
a childhood experience that still haunted her as an adult. She said her
teacher always hung everyone's work, but that she put it up with the "good"
stuff at the top. Her work was always hung at the bottom. Wow! Heavy stuff for
her to carry around for 20 years, thinking she was lacking artistically.
Kids are very perceptive. I have always been extremely careful since to make
sure to disperse the "not so visually pleasing this time" with the
"masterpieces." I never hung them in "rank" before, but was even more aware of
it. Of course, hanging busy pieces beside those with more negative space, and
putting contrasting colors adjacent to each other are also effective. I
realize these are second nature to most, but I have seen so many displays that
were just hung as they were stacked and it showed.
I hope someone got something from all of this rambling.