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Lesson Plans

Re: Art History Strategies

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Wed, 10 Mar 1999 22:36:21 EST

WE (as teachers) need to find ways to make Art History relevant. I am
currently talking about Monet (1840-1926) with 5th graders...and have tied in
the approaching Year 2000 and turn of the century "feelings" of
change/excitement/possibilities, etc. with his break from traditional art of
that era to Impressionism during the turn of the century for him. Was that a
run on sentence? Anyway, get it? Perhaps I am stretching here, but the kids
understood what a New Year's Eve celebration was, and didn't fall asleep as I
read from a history book. We have a job to do that is not always spelled out
in art education lesson plans or found in Art History books.

I think the reason art history bores a lot of kids (and adults) is because it
they don't see how it's relevant to their lives. >>