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Lesson Plans

Re:Time travel

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Betty Bowen (
Fri, 19 Mar 1999 15:48:36 -0600

>My guess is that lots of art teachers and other teachers have had
>useful experiences along these lines with your students--i.e., getting
>them to imagine themselves into other times and other places in the >course
of making sense of art. Anybody want to share experiences of >this kind
with us?

I think the classroom itself would make that very hard.

I used to work in a museum that was frequented by "re-enactors". They are
"real" cowboys, and also work as movie extras. One day they told me that
during the filming of the Oklahoma Land Run in "Far and Away" they
completely forgot, just for a moment, that it wasn't real. For that moment,
they were their (our) great grandfathers, hungry, tired and running
desperately for a plot of sorry farmland. They said it was just a flash, but
changed how they saw everything. I'd had a similar experience when I was
living in NC several years earlier, so I knew the feeling. I was walking
down a path across a field to a tiny old Moravian church outside Winston
Salem. It was autumn, early morning, I was wearing a longish skirt I was
lifting up out of the wet grass with one hand and carrying a cast iron pot
of stew in the other. From the church I could hear the unmistakable sound of
sacred harp singing (why I was there). For a split second I'll never forget,
there was no sense of "past" and "present". For just a moment, it could have
been 1840. But like you wrote, my 20th century-ness crashed in instantly,
but all the same, I'll never forget it. But those examples are Acting and
Music, I don't know that I have any for visual art.