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RE: [teacherartexchange] contemporary living artists


From: San D Hasselman (shasselman_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Sep 17 2010 - 04:47:44 PDT

Good Morning
While I don't have any lists to contribute right now, I do have a suggestion as a culmination to your project. Many years ago our school had an art gallery (it has since been refurbished as a classroom). My art club ran it, picked the themes of the shows, and then invited artists to submit work, they then curated the show. One show that was VERY successful was "Hidden Talents", a show that invited faculty, staff and parents to enter any kind of art from quilts to drawings. Not only was it diversed, but it brought to light the word "contemporary" in a different context. Students talked for years about how the Biology teacher did watercolors of the shore, and the 70 year old secretary was a fabulous quilter, and who knew that so and so's father was a photographer. It might be interesting for your students to find contemporary artists in the community, interview them, and showcase their work.

San D

> I teach an upper level high school art class and plan to have each student research and present a contemporary living artist to the class. I would like to provide some direction for those who need it. Is there a good website my students could use to find interesting, school appropriate, contemporary artists? Also, if anyone knows of a specific artist that they think would be wonderful, I would appreciate that information, too!
> Thanks,
> Kim Dodge
> Studio Art
> Menchville HS

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