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Re: Art education sites for teachers--what do you want?

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GladRabbit001_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sun Oct 01 2000 - 14:39:23 PDT


Robin
I am a graduate student in Art history but have a viable interest in museum
education.
I have looked at a lot of web sites this summer that museums across the
nation have. Among the best ( and probably the best funded) were the Met's,
and Getty Trust. Since I am pretty new to writing curriculum I am all in
favor of seeing teachers' on-line resources that include the actual art (
yes, we do have the knowledge to download images) along with complete lesson
plans. The sites that I have visited that I liked best were those that
offered not only the images, but connected lesson plans. There might be nine
or ten lesson plans for one image. I also liked the Met's interactive page,
that children (or adults) can access and learn about one of a hundred
subjects or so. Teachers are so bogged down today with all the paper work
and requirements the school systems demand, they have little time to plan
thoughtful activities and lessons centered on DBAE, to integrate into their
already over-burdened day lessons on the arts. If lesson plans offered by
museums are complete (including biographical information on the artists),
lessons become much more teacher-friendly for the average overwhelmed
elementary teacher. One of our museums in Memphis began an Art To Grow
program this past January. Already they have served 10,000 students, by
making the art lessons available to the teachers at no cost. They also
produce teacher's guides for visiting exhibits and offer those free as well.
I think WEB sites are really important for making museums highly visible and
accessible for both students and children. Hope your site will be among
those I look forward to visiting next. PS, the best web sites I saw were
instructive, challenging, easily manipulated from one page to the next, had
text that could be run with or without images, gave all the info a teacher
might need to set up a field trip, and what national standards each lesson
met. Generally their links were limited to other museums or locations that
had the artists' work available. I am in the process of putting together a
paper on what I discovered this summer about 8-10 museums across the nation
that all serve metropolitan areas larger than one million. I am also doing a
smaller paper on what Memphis offers. I would be glad to send it to you when
it is complete. Susan L. Sanders (gladrabbit001@cs.com)