My school once hosted a guest artist.
I've long since forgotten his name but
I won't forget the dinner we shared. He said he really thought teachers
should never ask kids in their classrooms to make reproductions of
famous masterpieces. I held my tongue until I was asked for my opinion.
So, I said, "He's allowed to have his own opinion even if he
is wrong." Yes, there was an awkward silence.
Working with masterpieces is a great
way to introduce your class to some of the great artists in history.
This was made ever so clear to me when I took my class to the National
Portrait Gallery in London. They recognized so many works that they
and their friends created. I was so pleased.
This project integrates with math
and still provides me with an opportunity to throw in a little art
history -- with a unique twist. At any age, using a grid is
a useful tool for an artist. In this project the grid goes over
a famous painting. They copy the masterpiece one block at a
time. But, the grid they transfer their art onto had been somehow
twisted. It was a great way to introduce some famous
artists and their work.
2000, revised 2012 by Phillip Martin
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