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Lesson Plans

Trashing the Art Room

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Diane L. (mselle)
Thu, 08 Oct 1998 23:50:02 -0400

After reading your most recent posting, perhaps your students would do well
with a conceptual art approach. Get some of Christo's photographs of his
wrappings. Have students wrap their chairs with plastic garbage bags and
string. (It's easy to unwrap, use scissors to cut off after class.) Explain
how art is a process of transformation, how Christo's art was really an
idea, and the manifestation of that idea, the wrappings are proof of what
was in his head. If that's too heavy, explain that before it was wrapped
the chair was a chair, wrapped it's a mystery, a shape, a form, a textured
surface. People are stimulated when seeing things other than the ways they
traditionally see them.

There is plenty of conceptual art out there to be inspired by. By learning
to think, by you valuing their ability to stretch their own minds, they
might just turn around and learn some of the academic skills kids still
need to get into art school or draw realistically. Good luck, Sincerely,
Diane L.