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Re: clay - display idea for art - Manet


From: MaryAnn Kohl (maryann_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Nov 10 2003 - 10:34:59 PST

For the record: I am not a classroom teacher 'anymore' (I taught
kindergarten, grade one, grade two, grade six, and some preschool, for many
many years), but I do work with classroom teachers on a regular basis, most
often as a volunteer, and sometimes as a paid consultant. I also teach
college level classes on creativity and exploring art experiences, and how
to bring art into a regular classroom where art specialists are not
available (prek-grade 6). I teach classes through tech schools that have
childcare programs, and give workshops on nurturing creativity in children
in various venues - from classrooms to homeschool to the kitchen. I love
art, I love kids. I love being an educator. One way I impart information to
educators and ultimately to children is through books that I write based on
the art projects I have done with kids. In addition, I think you may have
noticed that I freely share ideas from my books on a regular basis whenever
I have something that will help someone's needs, or when I have a cool idea
I think others might enjoy.

In fact, here's a new idea I saw at a conference for early childhood in was a nice way of displaying "little hanging things".
***** Fold a long rectangle of cardboard back and forth so it sits on a
table (a zig-zag set up). It could be about 3 feet long, and about a foot
high (but any measurements are fine). Fold it back and forth so you have at
least three sections. Cut a square out of each section, so each section is
like an empty frame. Then hang little artworks from threads in the open
frame areas...little wire sculptures, little laminated artworks, beads on
wires, anything.

I also went to the "Manet and the Sea" exhibit at the Chicago art museum
last week while at the educator's conference. It was interesting for me to
note that Manet's work seemed almost childlike or coarse in its style.
Included in the exhibit were works by Morisot and Monet displayed as
comparison, and I must say, I liked their work much better. But liking
something isn't the only criterion one should use, I know. Still, I LOVED
Morisot's was so understated and gentle, like she used no effort
whatsoever. And the history of the works that the museum included makes the
exhibit come alive. I especially liked movie clips of the time period in
France when Manet was painting...showing the sea, people at the beach,
boats, and swimmers. It was like being there!

Gotta run! Dog is staring at me with her frisbee in her mouth making whining

I look forward to sharing ideas and learning ---
as always.

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