Bridge, Maryellen, Arts & Activities
There is no denying the important role art has played in the recording of history. To emphasize and celebrate this fact, we pose the question, "What would history be without art?" But, we must also ask, "What would art be without history?" This symbiotic relationship is one that has existed since the dawn of man, and will continue through the millennia.
In this issue are lessons that will help guide you through fantastic art-room experiences dealing with history, art history and art appreciation. It is our hope that your classroom "... be a garden of visual stimulation, born of creativity, inquiry, critical thinking and intellectual conversation ... ," to quote one of this month's authors. Highlighted below are a few of this month's teaching ideas.
The important relationship between history and art is seen in "Re-Creating Pablo Picasso's 'Guernica'" (page 33), where middle-school students study the rise of Fascism in Spain and Germany during the Spanish Civil War prior to World War II, learn about Cubist technique and, as the title implies, re-create a copy of Picasso's iconic painting, 'Guernica,' which records the tragic event of the German bombing of that Basque town.
Ancient art tells a story in "Relief Carvings: A Journey from Scandinavia to America" (page 42), wherein students contemplate the use of symbols in ancient times, learn artists often simplify images to express ideas, and ultimately develop their own symbolic language and create a relief print featuring it.
In "Prints to Ponder: Students Talk About Art" (page 23), youngsters participate in the interpretation process by discussing art prints from various artists related to project themes. …