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Teachers Get VIP Treatment at the Getty Center

August 2nd, 2012

Most Getty Museum staff members have never been to our paintings storage area, but today the participants of the Art & Language Arts (ALA) program got a special behind-the-scenes tour. What a special treat after four intensive days of workshops, tours, art-making, lesson planning, and reading discussions!

Speaking of readings…ALA teachers, please leave a comment that describes a concrete way that you can develop your students’ artistic and perceptual growth (see the list on p. 19 of your reading).

  1. Ethel
    August 2nd, 2012 at 20:40 | #1

    Engaging students in the dialogue about art, any form of art, can be a safe, open ended activity that not only supports students’ artistic and perceptual abilities, but also their vocabulary development and oral language skills. It’s a win, win!

  2. Marla Axelrode
    August 2nd, 2012 at 21:38 | #2

    To build the students’ artistic and perceptual skills, I would take them on a nature walk to collect leaves of a variety of shapes and sizes. The student’s could discuss in their groups the words they would use to describe their leaves. (Eg. shape, size, color) The teacher could then model how they could use their leaves to make crayon rubbings on a white paper. The students could learn how to make separate and overlapping shapes. They could choose any color they like since leaves change colors, or they could make colorful leaves from their imagination.

  3. Noelia Monarrez
    August 2nd, 2012 at 21:46 | #3

    An activity that would assist my kindergarten students on visual perception would be to make a scrap book on various colors. They could use pictures from old magazines, print outs and their own drawing to paste on the appropriate color pages. The students would then be encouraged to share their books in a small group setting.

  4. Tan
    August 2nd, 2012 at 21:56 | #4

    The majority of students in my classroom cannot write by themselves. I use drawing as one of the ways for the students to express themselves. For example, when the students finish their work early, they have two options, to read or to draw. Even though they still struggle with fine motor skills, many of them choose to draw!

    Also, our class participates in the Very Special Arts Festival at the Music Center where we perform singing and showcase our artwork. This year we were inspired by the drip and splash style of Jackson Pollock and created paintings to accompany the performance.

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