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Re: presenting art to 1st and 2nd graders

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Kathrine Walker (klwalk)
Mon, 10 Nov 1997 14:53:36 CST6CDT

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The students need to do the talking - not listen. Try formulating
questions using various types of paradigms - e.g. observation,
comparison, synthesis, storytelling, etc. I can keep a group of
student involved in a single painting at the museum for 20-30
minutes. Try having them do some problem solving with the work
themselves - change colors, composition, etc. Have them try to see
why the artists made the choices he/she did by making those choices
Have them personalize the art - relate it to their own lives. Look
at changes in interpretation between today and when the work was
created. Look at the role the work plays in the broad scheme of
material culture - symbolism, reflection of society, etc. But let
them do the talking - have a few carefully thought out questions to
guide them - tidbits of need information, but you will be amazed how
much then can do on their own.

Kathrine Walker, Education Coordinator
Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University

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