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Re: Subject: Re: Help! Need Ideas for art debate (and more)


From: Elizabeth Heisey (eheisey_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Oct 01 2004 - 06:25:51 PDT

I have a question about these types of do you finish?
Open-ended? Do you draw any conclusions?

> Just a thought, though it is more philosophical questioning rather
> than debate. I use a circle game with my students. Either as
> individuals or small groups, they are given a card with something like
> 'Ferrari', 'a forgery of the Mona Lisa', 'the artwork of two year
> old', 'graffiti', 'a newspaper photograph' and so on. After a short
> period of time discussing it amongst themselves they then put their
> card either into a hoop marked 'Art', 'Not Art', or 'Not Sure', and
> then they have to give their reasons. Each child is able to agree with
> it or not. It is particularly hard for the teacher. You have to make
> sure that you are out of the speakers view so as not to be the focal
> point of the discussion, and try to make sure that you ask questions
> that elicit responses rather than 'yes' or 'no' or to try to lead. If
> anyone is interested I can give you more information about it. One
> point, most of my students seem to think that photographs in
> newspapers are not 'art' because they are 'real'.