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I would like to invite your input on an organizational question.
The topics on The Web of Life are not arranged in a deliberately
sequential order; instead we have tried to provide a number of resources
and suggested activities to encourage many approaches to teaching
with and about Biggers' work.
We did deliberately try to keep the first outline from being too
overwhelming, so the seven lessons under DBAE Curriculum
Resources are not listed on the first page. Would you prefer
that they be listed there? Does it make any difference? Do you feel
strongly about it either way or is this just a trivial question?
We do hope that many issues can be explored throughout this
online exhbition, issues that deal both with the art object and
with discovering the most effective approaches to utilizing the
Web as a tool for learning.
Other questions to consider:
Do you prefer to experience works of art with no prior knowledge
of the artist or his or her intentions? Do you prefer to have
some information about the artist first or at the same time?
Does your answer change depending on the nature of the artwork
(for example, a nonobjective work and a realistic work filled
with symbols)? Which approach do you prefer with the work of
John Biggers? Will you share some of the ways you might approach
the work of this artist with your students?
The Web of Life is not intended to be a static site, but, instead, one that
can grow and evolve through the process of discussion and sharing. I look
forward to learning from you as we explore the work and life of John Biggers.
Nancy Walkup, Project Coordinator
North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts
PO Box 305100, University of North Texas
Denton, TX 76203
940/565-3986 FAX 940/565-4867