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Re: Art History ??!!

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Fri, 01 Jan 1904 03:51:48 +0000

Sara wanted to know how we teach Art History. I personally love Art
History and enjoy good, indepth slide lectures, etc. But not my average
high school students. The way I use Art History in my own classes is as
examples for art projects (i.e., when doing a perspective unit, I show
art work that includes perspective, etc.); as subject matter for art
projects (design an ad for a new product that incorporates a famous work
of art, etc.); when teaching skills (i.e., impressionist painting
techniques); in computer graphics projects (utilizing digital images -
altering them or combining in collages - once I had students create CD
cover designs incorporating famous works of art); as inspiration for
original art (i.e., show series of Monet haystacks - ask students to
select something in their own environment and do several versions of
it); and I have lots of reproductions up in my room that I often refer
to (i.e., one is a good example of the use of complimentary colors). But
I do not teach a lot of names, dates and titles. I think it's much more
important for high school graduates to at least have seen a lot of art,
to be able to feel a sense of familiarity when they look at a general
art history book. I mention names. I work on developing some
understanding of when significant art movements happened. I just think
it's more important to see it than know it.
Sandra Hildreth
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Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
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Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617