I a planning on teaching the younger grades, k-3, and I have been thinking
about how to make a visit to a gallery relevant to the students in an
I'm thinking I would have to start with the basic basics, such as what an
artist is, the different types of art they make, and why. I would then
introduce the kids to the artist who's work we were planning on seeing. I
would give them some biographical data, and as many examples of the artists
work as possible. The best situation would be to have the artist come to the
class to introduce themselves and their work, and answer questions.
At the exhibit I would simply try to get the students to look at the work in
as much detail as possible. But mostly, I would try to give them space to
The next day we could discuss the exhibit and what they thought about it.
Also, I would design art projects based on the themes of the art we saw, and
or the medium used by the artist. Maybe some of the art they create could be
sent to the artist as a thank you for creating the exhibit.
I was also thinking that the younger kids might respond better to sculpture,
especially if they could touch it. They might also get a great deal from an
intillation piece, as they are generally dynamic and engaging.
Of course, this is all theory. I would be interested in hearing from any k-3
teachers about the best ways to engage kids in that age group.
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