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As the moderators of "Weaving with Granite: The Sculpture
of Jesus Moroles," Bill McCarter and I invite you all to take a look at
this new online exhibition and discussion on ArtsEdNet, the World Wide
Web site of the Getty Education Institute for the Arts. The
newly-designed site can be viewed at http://www.artsednet.getty.edu/.
Jesus Moroles is a nationally recognized Mexican-American sculptor
who works primarily in granite because, as he says, he likes the struggle of
working with a material that is "actually fighting back and resisting."
For his exhibition we have developed a comprehensive unit called
"Common Threads" which compares Moroles' "Granite Weaving" with
"Navajo Blanket," an historical weaving by an anonymous Navajo
weaver (both images are available as large reproductions from Crystal
Productions; you can call 800-255-8629 for a free catalog).
The unit was developed from a model in which I asked students to
compare and contrast two artworks from different times and cultures. The
unit also focuses on the process of weaving, one of the commonalitites
shared by the two works. We are especially interested in receiving feedback
on this approach, as we have suggested activities and approaches
(adaptable for a number of grade levels) for using the content material.
Another feature is an interview between Jesus and Bill,
in which Jesus discusses his experiences in school, his artistic
influences, and walking in Michelangelo's footsteps in Italy.
Jesus will also be available to respond to your comments and
questions starting in the middle of October.
We invite you all to join in!
Nancy Walkup, Project Coordinator
North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts
PO Box 5098, University of North Texas
Denton, TX 76203
817/565-3986 FAX 817/565-4867