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RE: Art History ??!!

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Fields, Linda (
Tue, 29 Sep 1998 08:59:15 -0400

I do art history this way, too, but have also started incorporating some
other historical info. about other things going on in the world at the
same time, e.g., trade with Japan, the invention of the camera, etc. I
think it helps kids put things in perspective (not to make a pun) and
links their art learning to their other subject areas. We talk about
"does society affect art, or does art affect and reflect society?" Linda
in NC
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> From: shildret[SMTP:shildret]
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> Sent: Thursday, December 31, 1903 11:51 PM
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> Subject: Re: Art History ??!!
> 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