image credit: M. Knoll (WTSD)
I'm a bit biased when it comes to art. I'm in love with it. While I am not drawn to a certain style or an
My breakthrough moment was when I was 12 years olf and began to volunteer at the Les Malamut Art Gallery - a small gallery in the basement of the Union Public Library. I was exposed to local people creating art in a myriad of ways - -showing local talent. I have been hooked since. I was so amazed by some of the photography - I bought my first piece for $100.00 from an artist in 1993. It hangs in my office today.
I did not take art classes or pursue an artistic career, but if anyone ever wants to go to a gallery and show me an up and coming artist, I'm there.
- A few weeks ago, 6th-grade students in an art club in my current school district had the opportunity to visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art. One of the most beautiful museums in the US, students got to see pop art, an authentic Japanese tea house, medieval armor and weapons, and priceless VanGogh works.
20 years ago, it was practical to see such works on slides or in an art book. Today, online tours through websites or someone on Periscope, virtual field trips through devices like Google Cardboard, or even robots on wheels with Ipads as 'heads' that you can control to walk through the gallery. The tools to get ALL learners go see art - whether it be 10 or 100,000 miles away - are here.
Expose your learners to art, regardless of the age or subject you teach. Your students will thank you.