SchoolArts Magazine

MAY 2018

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historical timelines and specific art movements. It also encourages authen - tic exploration, where students are able to narrow in on a topic of personal interest within broad categories. Model Making To build their projects, I provide stu- dents with recycled materials such as cardboard, scrap wood, wire, and modeling clay, as well as access to glues, paints, and other media. Their models are required to have at least three walls and a floor, but students have free reign over what their walls look like and how they are arranged. Within their models, students place miniature reproductions of the art - work they selected in relation to their theme. Acting Out Once models are completed and curatorial statements are written and collected, we have an opening "gala" for the museum. I provide food and beverages, which helps students feel like they are at a real event. In small groups, students conduct critiques as both the museum direc- tor and potential patron. They visit each collection and provide feedback on the space's ability to portray the proposed concept through both the design and artwork selection. Creating a collection of art is a complex task, but it is one that chal- lenges students to create connections to both classical and contemporary practices while simultaneously giv- ing them the autonomy to create their own meaningful and inclusive spaces. Role-playing provides context to lesser-known careers and chal- lenges in the art world while allowing students the opportunity to engage in new and unique situations. Kelsey Greenland teaches art at Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, Arizona. kgreen- land@ N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Presenting: Interpreting and sharing artistic work. W E B L I N K How do we help students navigate their overwhelming exposure to visual culture? Top: Students engage in a museum critique. Bottom: Eila Elton, Seeing Music, grade twelve. 35

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