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Re:art print activities

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Tue, 23 Sep 1997 00:16:31 -0400

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Laura Ann's list of grouping activities for elementary students to do
with art print postcards was great - and certainly can be done with
older students too. Some activities I have done is to pass out a number
of pictures and ask a group to put them in 3 groups - they can decide
how they group them, but they must be able to explain it. There is no
wrong or right way to do it. Any system works (i.e., these all have
people in them, these are all landscapes, these have a lot of blue,
etc.). The purpose is to get the students involved in really looking
closely at the images - and talking to each other. Other times I have
provided pictures I specifically selected and explain that there are 2
distinct art movements represented - students must critically analyze
them and divide them up by what they perceive as the 2 styles - and
verbally justify their choices. I much prefer to have my students
actively engaged in studying and analyzing art images - even if they
never learn specific artists or names of works or dates - because we are
still a very visual culture (just look at advertising and TV) - they
need to learn to be skilled visual "consumers".
Sandra Hildreth
C.L.A.S.S. (Cultural Literacy through Art & Social Studies)
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617

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