Thursday, August 11, 2016

Looking At Visual Art

   Students look at works in many visual art disciplines before they create their own work. We look at reproductions and actual samples in class. Field trips to museums and art galleries are part of the advanced art curriculum. Students are also required to research and share an oral report about an artist and style of art with their peers. Why is this so important?
   Art students gain creative inspiration from looking at the work of master artists and their peers. They learn how an art principle such as color can be interpreted in countless ways. Students show better understanding of technique, composition and creativity after looking at other works of art.
   Below is the advanced Studio Arts class discussing a contemporary work at local art gallery, Room83Spring.

   All of us gain a deeper insight into different cultures and historical time periods through viewing visual art. I appreciate that many teachers at WHS blend visual art into their classes so that students can make connections to art in other educational disciplines. I work with AP European History Teacher, Mr. Mastro to take his students on a field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston every year. The students are able to visualize historic events and people they have learned about when viewing art. I also collaborate with Ms. Honig on field trips with art and humanities students.
   Below are AP European History students sharing thoughts on a work of art with their teacher, Mr. Mastro.

    I enjoy the opportunity to view all types of visual art. I think what keeps the study of visual art interesting is that there is always something new to see and learn. Below are a few of the many works of art I have seen during the summer vacation. The top image is a light and pattern installation at the Peabody Essex Museum. The bottom image is a landscape painting by Winslow Homer at the Clark Institute. I am looking forward to sharing new examples of visual art with all of my students in the new school year!

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