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Lesson Plans

Re: VTS -Reply

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charlotte griswold (griswald)
Mon, 17 May 1999 13:41:50 -0700

Wendy, could you give me somemore info about the workshop in LA this
summer? This sounds very interesting.

Wendy SAMPLE wrote:

> I'm an art resource teacher for a district in Michigan with 35 art
> teachers. All of our art teachers, several elementary classroom
> teachers and several high school English Humanities teachers have
> been trained in Visual Thinking Strategies. It is an amazing process
> that engages kids (and adults) in a narrative work of art. It is not
> intended to replace discussions about formal art principles. It is a
> different way of looking and allowing kids to feel comfortable with
> their ideas about a piece....right or wrong. The group of viewers
> directs the discussion and actually listen to each other. Based on
> the group discussion, the students are able to discover the story
> behind the work of art. I've had 2nd graders carry on a 15 minute
> discussion about Watson and the Shark using the 3 questions in this
> process. 1. What is happening in this painting? 2. What do you see
> that makes you say that? and 3. What more can you find? More
> sophisticated humanities students bring in the principles and
> elements of art. Kids who never speak in class join in the
> discussion. We have found it to be a very successful tool especially
> with at risk kids. Three of us are going to a training session in
> L.A. in June. The Detroit Institute of Arts has their docents using
> this process to engage kids in looking and talking about art instead
> of being "talked to" about art. Can't say enough great things about
> this research based process!