Our Own Gallery Project (Art + Writing)
Students learn about the curatorial process (relevant in any retail application) by selecting artworks based on their own selection criteria, researching the works and their creators, and writing short statements about the works them selves and about the theme the student curators used in selecting this particular set of works. This project meets a number of analytical standards, provides Writing Across the Curriculum, is collaborative, and is just plain fun.
Your library, school, or community center may already have a collection of art prints that you can use, but if not you can print your own on bond paper (under the Fair Use provision of the Copyright laws). Larger prints make for a more impressive “show” but even 8.5” by 11” prints can be used.
For the written component I have students in groups of three write a statement about each individual piece (they must do the research on their own), and a thematic statement about why they chose those particular works – what ties them together for this group of students. They may not have known initially why they chose the pieces they did but by discussing it they will figure it out (the one time this will fail is when the students each chose one piece in isolation).
Minnesota State Educational Standards Addressed:
220.127.116.11.1 Analyze how the elements of visual art including color, line, shape, value, form, texture and space are used in the creation of, presentation of, or response to visual artworks.
18.104.22.168.2 Analyze how the principles of visual art, such as repetition, pattern, emphasis, contrast and balance are used in the creation, presentation of, or response to visual artworks
22.214.171.124.1 Analyze and interpret a variety of visual artworks using established criteria.
126.96.36.199.2 Synthesize and express an individual view of the meaning and functions of visual art.
188.8.131.52.3 Analyze how the characteristics of Western and non-Western styles, movements, and genres in art contribute to the creation of, presentation of, or response to artworks.
184.108.40.206.3 Justify an artistic statement, including how audience and occasion influence creative choices.
220.127.116.11.1 Present, exhibit, publish or demonstrate collections of artworks for different audiences and occasions
18.104.22.168.1 Analyze, interpret and evaluate works of visual art by applying self-selected criteria within the traditions of the art form.
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