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Re: Why do we have to take art?


Date: Sat Oct 26 2002 - 09:09:29 PDT

Some of you had asked for more of my lesson on 'Why art...'
My 'why art' lesson is about 5 lessons, and I am 8 hours from my school but
wanted to get back to you guys as much as I could at least for now.
The answers are all to the question, 'if my 2-year-old brother can paint that
well, why is that in our museum?' which was another version of the question
you may recognize.
Then I did a little research and found some imagery on various purposes for
We did functional art, and studied chairs including the bauhaus
We did historical art, looking at photos of the civil war as well as
paintings of Venice.
We did political art and art that was meant as social commentary.
We did personal expression, looking at Chagall and Kandinsky.
These were for an entry level hs drawing class.
When we went to the museum at the end of the unit the students formed teams
and made mind maps of the works of art they saw, detailing the way they would
organize what they saw in the museum.
This is a rather cursory overview, but I am not anywhere near the unit, just
recalling by memory. This is a pre-digital unit for me, but if I type it up I
will post the address.
The main point is, don't be intimidated by bold questions from students;
rather listen to their heart and what they might really be asking may be a
good quesion.