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[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Churchill Junior High School
Wed, 18 Nov 1998 15:49:54 -0600
I teach ancient cultures to 6th graders and begin each culture with the
relevant river(s). To begin Egypt I read them stories of the Nile gods and
show them pictures and have drill time everyday until their association of
the image with the god is reflexive. Then I show them film and
reproductions of wall paintings and their pleasure in spotting "their" gods
keeps them much more attentive to the art than they would otherwise be.
This year in a discussion of the art I asked how they liked it; did looking
at it give them pleasure? There were a number of similar comments along
the lines of - at first I thought it was weird, but now I like it - or, I
sure at first, but now it seems ok - and, my favorite - I just thought it
was stupid, but now ..I think its almost pretty. Seems to me she supports
the contention that familiarity with subject matter enhances appreciation
.Churchill Junior High School
905 Maple Avenue
Galesburg, IL 61401
Maybe reply: Sheryl Ann McCoy: "Re: approaching Beauty"
Maybe reply: Kbfiske: "Re: approaching Beauty"