Monday, January 19, 2015
Museum Activity: You Be the Critic!
Before students entered the room, I explained what we were doing and handed out the sheets. Students were told to walk around, look at the art and fill in the boxes.
George Seurat's Seine at the Grand-Jatte didn't generate many tokens, however students DID believe it took a lot of time to make, but thought the whole dot thing to be weird. They LOVED the realism of Albert Bierstadt's In the Mountains and the marvelous texture in Young Hare by Albrecht Durer. The last one Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw by Augustus Saint-Gardens confused them, they based their opinion on the photography of the art and not the art in the photo.
The last part of this activity was for the students to draw one of the artworks in their sketchbook.
It was funny to see how many students decided to copy the Rothko, which they didn't like, but acknowledged would be the easiest.
One of the reasons I signed up for Summer Vision last year was to bring more historical and global connections to my students through the arts. It was a wonderful experience and I know my students really enjoyed this activity.
The variety of art posters were chosen based on what I have in the art room and the different styles of the artists. Anything that will generate a conversation will work.
I have downloaded a copy of the You be the Critic form and sheets with all the icons to my resource page.
Thanks for reading!