Magazine article School Arts

Personal Art History: High School

Magazine article School Arts

Personal Art History: High School

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Significant Problem

I wanted students to realize that the process of becoming an artist has childhood roots. The best way for me to take a discussion toward understanding the concept of an artist's early history was to develop an exercise that would personalize the concept.

Knowing the majority of my students live in the here and now, I decided to demonstrate for them that they too have a personal history in art. I ask them to bring in works of art from their childhood that their families had saved.

The lesson involved examination of their earlier work and considering marks, colors, and composition.

The self-examination posed new comments. Most students did not remember making the original work. For them it was interesting to realize that, because their families saved the artwork from their childhood, they now would be able to compare their artistic abilities over a span of many years. Questions of how work changes as you grow older, and the concern of dealing with these childish marks at an older age, became relevant. …

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