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  • 1. Some tips on how to discuss art with students based on the book 'HOW TO TALK TO CHILDREN ABOUT ART' by Francoise Barbe-Gall
  • 2. HOW TO DEVELOP AN INTEREST IN ART
    • Think of your earliest visits to exhibitions. What was interesting for
    • 3. you then? What made you feel bored? Your students may have similar
    • 4. feelings.
  • 5. HOW TO DEVELOP AN INTEREST IN ART
    • Tell your students what you feel while looking at a painting.
    • 6. Ask them what their feelings are.
  • 7. HOW TO DEVELOP AN INTEREST IN ART
    • Try to transmit your presonal interests to your students.
  • 8. HOW TO DEVELOP AN INTEREST IN ART
    • Don't go on too much about what you are going to show
    • 9. your students. You'll deny them the pleasure of discovering
    • 10. for themselves.
  • 11. HOW TO DEVELOP AN INTEREST IN ART
    • Don't stay too long at the art gallery. Don't talk for hours
    • 12. about one piece of art during your lesson. Your students
    • 13. may find another one more interesting.
  • 14. HOW TO DEVELOP AN INTEREST IN ART
    • Don't forget to buy some postcards at the end of your visit.
    • 15. They make great souvenirs, can be stuck on a bedroom
    • 16. wall, used as bookmarks and rediscovered again and
    • 17. again.
  • 18. HOW TO DEVELOP AN INTEREST IN ART
    • Don't forget to go to the cafe. The younger the students,
    • 19. the more important this is. It will make their visit to the
    • 20. gallery into a real 'outgoing'.
  • 21. HOW TO DEVELOP AN INTEREST IN ART
    • Try not to pass value judgements on the pictures they like,
    • 22. as opposed to the ones you think they ought to like.
  • 23. WHAT ATTRACTS 5-7 YEAR OLDS
    • 'Warm, bright colours.
    • 24. Strongly contrasting shapes and colours, without shades.
    • 25. The appearance of relief because it 'looks real'.
    • 26. Art that reproduces textures (fabric, hair, fur), engaging the sense of touch.
    • 27. Pictures of people.
    • 28. Pictures of movement (someone running, sleeping, diving).
    • 29. Clear expressions of emotions – love, laughter, crying.
    • 30. Simple compositions with one central person and very few other elements'.
  • 31.
      Don't forget:
    • to link what they see with their everyday life and experiences,
    • 32. that 5-7 year olds don't look just with their eyes but their whole bodies join in,
    • 33. to let them invent their own story to go with the piece of art,
    • 34. to make them interested by asking simple questions, e.g.
    • 35. 'Don't you think that...?, What does that make you think of?, How does that make you feel?, Have you ever seen anything like that?
  • 36. WHAT ATTRACTS 8-10 YEAR OLDS
    • 'Pictures with a story behind them – a story of either the subject or the artist.
    • 37. Clearly drawn character types: good guys, bad guys.
    • 38. Situations of conflict where good wins over evil.
    • 39. Scary pictures, strange – or monstrous-looking people.
    • 40. Images depicting daily life in different eras because 'it's not like that any more'.
  • 41.
      Don't forget:
    • to take advantage of the characters from films, video games and cartoons to talk about the principles that particular piece of art illustrates,
    • 42. to let your students read for themselves little notices next to each piece of art and to find out the name of the artist and the title of the work,
    • 43. to get your students used to looking at a work independent of its subject and get them interested in artists' techniques.
  • 44. WHAT ATTRACTS 11-13 YEAR OLDS
    • 'The artist's personality and the main points of his life.
    • 45. Why a picture was painted at a particular point in an aritst's life.
    • 46. The technique used by the artist to visually express a feeling or an idea.
    • 47. The time it takes to produce a work.
    • 48. Symbols, which, once deciphered, give the access to a whole network of hidden meeangs.
    • 49. How much a work costs'.
  • 50. WHAT ATTRACTS 11-13 YEAR OLDS
    • 'Comparing works by the same artist (…) Whatever the subject matter it's also a way of learning to recognise the characteristics of various periods in an artist's career.
    • 51. Comparing works by different artists that deal with the same or similar subject matter (spotting the similarities and the differences).
    • 52. The relationship between a work and an artist and/or history. Even if it's just to draw parallels, you can start to make links with books or history lessons from school to add context.
  • 53.
      Don't forget:
    • that your students have now less time and you shouldn't overload them with long art presentations etc.,
    • 54. that some subjects embarrass them (e.g. nudity may make them feel uncomfortable, but this doesn't mean you have to avoid or ignore it),
    • 55. to take adavntage of the fact young people are very familiar with advertising images, and advertising often uses the history of painting: make it clear that it's not a coincidence and help them to find images that have been used in that way,
    • 56. to make your students interested in the history of the artists rather than the history of art (which can be still too general for them).