I'm back! I unsubscribed for the month of August and I really missed the
participation in the art dialogue. However I did get to attend the Olympics
and had a great time there as well as seeing the Olympic Rings: 5 Passions
in World Art Exhibition at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. No, it really
didn't have anything to do with the Olympics or sports or rings - but what
they did was take the 5 rings of the Olympic symbol and assign a human
emotion to each one: love, anguish, awe, triumph and joy, and then assemble
artwork from the 5 continents that represented each of those passions. My
12 year old son loved the "anguish" ones (St. Sebastion pierced by about a
dozen arrows, Judith beheading Holofernes, etc.). I was truly in awe of the
"awe" selections. I've always loved Albert Bierstadt's painting of the
Rocky Mountains, but to see it in real life, full size (it's huge), was
quite inspiring. Anyway, I thought it would be a neat idea to share it with
you because I could see doing something like this as a class activity:
having students find a work of art they like that seems to fit each of the
5 passions, using books, the Internet, or whatever sources are available.
This could then lead to a project where students are asked to produce
something that expresses one of those passions.
Looking forward to more lively discussions....
Sandra Hildreth <shildret>
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617