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Re: Relevance in the Art Museum

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ttipton.tz
Fri, 4 Jan 1980 18:22:12 +0300

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I found that the most meaningful trips to museums and on field trips
in general comes from giving the students sketching assignments. I
tell them they need to sketch 4-8 things, depending on the time we're
there. I provide sketchbooks, pencils, and cardboard if necessary for
a firmer drawing surface if the sketchbooks don't have a strong
backing. I have done sketching this way successfully even
with small children first grade on up.

Many kids will do more than the assigned sketches even though most
begin by complaining about the requirement. Sketching completely engages them in
selecting, observing and responding to the works of art without
needing to have commentary. Even during commentary, I will allow the
more hyperactive students to draw what we're looking at. It focuses
their attention, creates a quieter atmosphere and provides some
astounding results we use later for group sharing the next class
period.

Teresa Tipton

"Craig's right. As teachers, we have to know when to step back and just let our students
experience things for themselves. I take a vanload of students to the Phoenix Art
Museum every year (an 8 hour round trip); and yes, we have a great docent for about an
hour, but then I let them loose to explore the museum on their own. There are always a
few students who make the trip every year; they are obviously being affected by
something there."

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