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Re: Studio art for Exhibit

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Linda Kelty (lckelty)
Thu, 21 May 2099 16:50:11 -0400

Dear Kimberly, After viewing his work, I think I would focus less on his
Texas origins, and more on the animal/humor focus. Compare and Contrast his
work with that of Frederick Remington, Rosa Bonhuer (sp?) and the wacky
paintings from the 50's of dogs playing poker. Also perhaps some of the
current card lines from Hallmark, etc. where the creatures become animated
to think like humans. Discuss the differences in human and canine response.
Reflect on what the kids perceive to be the meaning as they understand it
and as they think the artist might have meant. Discuss the inherent
purpose in the style, purpose and content of the works and how they were
influenced by the technology (camera) of the time. His work looks like kids
could use cra-pas or sketchos to "paint" in his style very easily. Do
parodies of the more serious artwork and have kids develop a whimsical or
humorous title to go with their parody. Generate lists of ways that the
various artworks could be adapted for other purposes, such as the way
Munch's "Scream" has been used for a car ad, "American Gothic" for political
satire, "Mona Lisa" for shampoos.
Hope this helps you. Linda K. in Iowa
-----Original Message-----
From: Kimberly Anne Herbert <kimberly>
To: ArtsEdNet Talk grou <>
Date: Friday, May 21, 1999 4:58 PM
Subject: Studio art for Exhibit

>This fall we are having an exhibit of Michael McWillie's work. I'm looking
>for at least 5 studio art activities to complement the exhibit. One idea I
>have is to profile different Texas painters (he lives in Dallas), have
>background information at the table and an activity. These activities will
>be taking place in the art studio, next to the gallery, The children can
>the artwork from the art tables. I really appreciate any ideas, because I'm
>stuck. You can see some of Micheal McWillie's work at
> .
>Thank You,
>Kimberly Herbert
>Children's Art Museum Administrator
>San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts and Children's Art Museum
>P.O. Box 3092 San Angelo, TX 76902-3092 USA (Mailing address)
>915/659-4391 1st Floor Cactus Hotel 36 E. Twohig San Angelo, TX (Physical
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