Group Inquiry #2
Reflecting back on this project I think most of my students really began to understand the techniques, composition, and thought processes artists use when they produce an original work of art. I think had a high success rate for this project. The students learned about the history of the work, techniques used, and its creator without the usual drudgery. I think reproducing Art from the masters helped my students to acquire an appreciation and understanding of both aesthetics and technique. By reproducing a painting the students gained insight into an artist’s process, which in some cases helped the student achieve new level of competency with their own composition and technique.

 
After completing this project I think many of the students began to look more closely at works of art and realized said works can be a factor for the personal growth of a student/artist. I also strongly encouraged students if given the opportunity to see these works in person for not only inspiration but the offerings of texture often unseen from a 2-D photo from a book or a screen. Some of the students realized that study of masters is important part of becoming an artist, as they studied their chosen painting; they saw their learning curve increase tremendously. I stressed the goal is not only to learn a particular artist’s style, composition, or techniques, but also how that artist thought.

 
At the conclusion of the project the students participated in a critique of each others work. The students were asked to notice and describe the features of the painting; some informal inquiry was discussed on how the piece was composed and some thoughts on its content and meaning. The goal was is not only to learn a particular artist’s techniques, but to inquire about the thought process in creation.
The administration was pleased that my class incorporated thought and writing, which they see as an important addition to the overall curriculum.

Some of the Inquiry questions the students came up with …..
How did the artist approach the work? What techniques and materials were used?
What media was used in production? How is the media different than what is available to artists today?
What feelings are expressed in this painting? What techniques did the artist use to convey those emotions?
I’ll close with some interesting quotations on this subject

(Great works of art) “Are not the product of single and solitary births; they are the product of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice”
-Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
“Alot cats copy the Mona Lisa, but people still line up to see the original.”
Louis Armstrong
“Only God creates. The rest of us just copy.”
– Michelangelo

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