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Re: Art History Strategies

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Charlotte Griswold (griswald)
Wed, 10 Mar 1999 20:18:01 -0800

> 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. >>
As a history teacher, I think that you all might want to take a page
from the California SS framework, and be diligent in connecting past to
present. I work on a daily basis with 6th grade students, teaching
ancient History, from early humans to the fall of Rome. Engaging them
actively is the best way to spark their interest. Give them lots of
opportunities to interact with the art, even if you only have prints,
slides or the computer. Allow them the opportunity to attempt to
recreate what they see. They are full of enthusiasm and eager to see
new material.
This year, I have been showing a variety of transparencies of different
artists work, as prompts for writing in my language arts classes...I
also include a bio, and writing about art guidelines, as well as the
context. These kids, many of whom have never been in an art museum, are
impressed, intrigued, and more than willing to write.
Just my an "outsider" who really has learned a lot from
this list, and keeps on learning.
Charlotte Griswold
OakHill Middle School
ClearLake CA. 95457