Teachers Use the Art Show as a Powerful Learning Experience
Art inspires, and last week’s Art Show captured the imaginations of everyone visiting the Assembly Hall gallery. Thirty-four artists—alumni, faculty, and staff—exhibited over 130 works of art. Taking advantage of a treasure trove of creative expression, many teachers and gradeheads brought their classes to the show and asked their students to move beyond just looking.
Kindergarteners and third-graders sketched a work of art that particularly interested them.
Sixth-graders filled out sticky-notes with responses to prompts such as “What was the most surprising artwork you saw?” and “If you could ask the artist a question, what would it be?”
Several classes used the artwork as a jumping-off point for writing poetry. In one assignment, students wrote poems that incorporated poetic devices they were studying, such as alliteration, rhyme, simile, metaphor, personification, and imagery.
Many classes wrote and posted Haikus. For example:
Flowers everywhere City of paper Underwater life
Colors popping out at you Cars and imagination A safe house under the wave
A mix of rainbows Many ways to see it A world of peace
Using sticky-notes, several classes posted messages about what inspired them about one of the works. For example:
I liked the way you could take a personal moment and inspire viewers to recall their own memories.
I love the layers and dimensions of your piece and the many different ways and angles you can look at it.
What is amazing about this work is how the fabrics' textures and colors blend into a picture. The piece is alive and vivid.
I find this piece very interesting. You don't know what it is, but that's what I like about it.
Mr. Segar, how many bad brushes do you have?
Many thanks to the artists for sharing their works. And a huge shout-out to the Alumni Board and Advancement Office for planning, organizing, and orchestrating an art show enjoyed by so many--alumni, past faculty, and the current Shady Hill community. Thanks, too, to Kirk Goetchius ’76 TTC '86 and John Segar ’72 who installed such an enchanting show.
A Kindergartener leaving the gallery summed up what everyone felt: “I like it all.”