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Lesson Plans


More on Museums

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LoulieK
Fri, 6 Sep 1996 23:29:40 -0400


More on the idea of museums becoming exciting - many museums offer lesson
plans for teachers to use to help kids focus on art. I also think it's
important for teachers to come to museums before a visit and get to know them
- find out what is exciting to you. Our museum has a teacher pass, which
allows teachers to visit each changing exhibition once before coming with
classes, and I'm sure many museums have similar programs, including previews,
talks, activity kits, etc.

It's all exciting to me! Even very small children love museums when exposed
gently and following their interests. I still remember the first time that my
mother took me to the Honolulu Academy of Arts - I must have been about five.

Object centered learning is what museums can be all about. And yes, layout
and presentation and good signage can be helpful, but I would be blown away
by Starry Night or by a Hiroshige print in a hallway! Most Americans are
sadly underexposed to art. And even though many museums have had their work
chosen by the evil white male, the works in them, while not all of art, are
often great.