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Integrating art museums into HS/Elem curriculum


Date: Wed Oct 08 2003 - 03:31:05 PDT

In a message dated 10/07/2003 6:09:01 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:
I am writing a project for my art ed class about using
art museums as a tool for instruction in the high school art classroom. I
would like to hear from those of you who have both successfully and
unsuccessfully done so. If you can e-mail me personally, It will help cut
down on the 'noise' of the listserve. Thank you for your help!
Sarah, I'm writing this to the list because I think that any ideas I have to
share might help others as well. Certainly those pertaining to art education
are not "noise", IMO.

I take many classes to art museums every year. I have found that students of
all ages LOVE scavanger hunts. After the docent has finished the tour, I
break up the kids in teams and give them lists of things to find within the
museum. I rotate the #s on the lists so that team one starts looking for #1 on the
list, while team two is looking for #2, for example, so that groups are not
running around after the same items at the same time. I always go to the
exhibit before my classes to create this game. Afterwards, in the classroom, I
create another "game" for them. They must create a piece of art or element (from
the scavenger hunt) of their own from the piece of art that most remember or
that inspired them. Not copy, but they create original art from something
they were forced to see (find) during the scavanger hunt.
Susan on Long Island