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Re: Exhibits: Eisner: documenting the artistic process


From: Vicki Leishman (vicki_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Oct 08 2004 - 00:36:53 PDT

Kathy you might be interested in the Reggio Emilia approach towards
education. In 2001, The Western Australian Museum in cooperation with the
Meerilinga Young Children's Foundation put on an excellent display of
children's work using the approach described below.

Perth, Western Australia

At 07:24 PM 10/6/2004, you wrote:

>In a message dated 10/3/04 12:05:18 PM, writes:
>>we have not developed strategies for documenting the artistic processes we
>>lead our students through, we are playing catch-up to those
>>teachers/administrators who are used to documenting on a daily basis.Â
>I found the quote which I had misplaced to add a postscript to this thread...
>“One of the most important services teachers and school administrators
>can perform is public education…the education of the public outsiide of
>schools, parents and members of the community…If the public miisconceives
>the educational functions of the arts, if it believes they are a diversion
>from what is really important, arts educators will have a hard time
>securing the resources they need to provide really substantive arts
>programs to students.
>“How can such a form of public education go forward? One way is to help
>the community understand the forms of thinking reflected in students’
>work in the arts…what contributes to such understanding is thhe design of
>what I have called the educationally interpretive exhibition. Most
>exhibitions of children’s art are modeled after a gallery display; the
>best works are usually displayed with nothing more than the child’s
>name, grade and school provided. What I have suggested is the creation of
>educationally interpretive exhibitions that explain to viewers the
>features of the work on display and describe the forms of thinking that
>the child had to engage in to create such work…this could include the
>childd’s interpretation and appraisal of his or her own work. “
>Elliot Eisner
>The Arts and the Creation of Mind
>New Haven: Yale University Press
>pages 174-175
>fight the good fight! We are worth it!
>kathy douglas