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Re:A&E.O: Teaching about the environment through art

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Fri, 03 Oct 1997 22:05:06 -0400

As far as getting my students involved with their local environment, I
am trying something new this year, and I don't know if it will work. I
find great beauty in my surroundings - I paint a lot of landscapes.
I've tried taking my students out to paint, out to take photos and use
them to paint in the classroom, taking them to a local museum to see
paintings Frederic Remington did of our region, showing them slides of
other artists landscapes - nothing seems to get past their basic
resentment of being stuck here growing up.

This year, I'm working on creating Internet pages for our school, and I
want to do some for the local communities too. So far there seems to be
growing pride in the inolvment of the students. I see little glimmers of
positive appreciation for the things we have in our school, and
hopefully this will carry over to the community. I intend to use as much
original artwork as I can to illustrate our pages - student drawings and
paintings that I will either scan or photograph with a digital camera. I
want to get them out interviewing senior citizens - what was it like to
grow up here 50-70 years ago? I'd like to get them doing some research
at community historical associations and libraries. So I believe that
modern technology is actually going to help open the eyes of my students
to the world they are living in, and in doing so, build respect and
concern for the environment.

Sandra Hildreth
C.L.A.S.S. (Cultural Literacy through Art & Social Studies)
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617