Some tips on how to discuss art with students


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Some tips on how to discuss art with students

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