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How can we help make one time visits or brief "art" experiences relevant
in some kind of "on going" way for students?
When taking students to a museum, the teacher should have already given
his /her students some kind of prior knowledge about what they will see
at the museum and also the purpose for going to the museum or outdoor
exhibit. For example,if I was teaching a 6th grade class and we were
going to see an exhibit by Andy Goldsworthy, I would have already asked my
students if they knew anything about him, ecology, & temporary art. After
I had showed the students slides and books of his workm, then we would go
see the exhibit(s). Then, when we got back from the field trip, I would
ask my students what they learned about his work. At this point, they
would also be able to do some more research through the internet and
visits to the library.Then, the students would be able to present to the
class their experiences and beliefs of art and ecology. By doing several
activities and seeing the exhibit(s), the students will be able to get
more out of the exhibit they saw and talk about their experience. If
students think critically, write, and compare information, the students
will be able to remember Andy Goldsworthy, his art, and the importance of
ecology and the environment.