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In my classroom, this project is
short—only two days of work time,
including group presentations. The
artwork, while it has great energy, is
not all highly polished, but the visual
product is almost beside the point.
The true lesson here, the one that is
essential for students to learn, is this:
Visual images form a conversation
that is built on the ideas of those who
came before. If we want to teach our
students how to make meaningful
art, we have to show them how to be
a part of the dialogue.
Melissa Purtee is an art teacher at Apex
High School in Apex, North Carolina.
Mcpurtee @ gmail.com
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