Friday, February 27, 2009

Mod Art 4 Mod Kids

This is a link to my latest Library School Project. We were tasked with making a Pathfinder consisting of mainly online resources about a certain subject that was suitable for Late Middle Schoolers. I started out with the idea that I would make a website for Contemporary Art, a subject that is near and dear to my heart. Sadly, there is not enough material about straight up Contemporary Art out there to merit 30 links, So I expanded out to include Modern as well.

I remember when I was an earnest 14 year old, I hated Modern Art. I thought it was stupid, and lazy and a pointless exercise in frivolity. Hmmmmmm, where do you think I got that atitude? My teachers! They scoffed and derided Modern Art concepts such as expressive line and color emotional relationships. I, in turn, applied myself to learning how to draw like a draughtsman, to painting like an uptight realist.

It wasn't until I went to college and started hearing teachers speak in loving terms about the way perceptions could be rendered in paint and pencil that I got a clue about how didacticism diminishes your life. Hopefully kids exposed to modern art and Modern Art concepts won't sound like the idiotic hillbilly I was when I first started talking about art.

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