Art History:   Kindergarten Lesson 1

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When children are in school for the first time at this early age, we feel it is helpful to visit the class for the first time with the purpose of getting acquainted.

The children have such a natural curiosity that it is necessary to spend some time to know them and helping them to know you and why you are there.

The following is a list of ideas to present and some simple definitions to help you prepare:

  1. Introduce yourself to the class. Talk about "art is all around".
  2. Review the concept of a volunteer.
  3. Explain what a museum is. Art can be in museums.
  4. Explain what collectors are.
  5. Explain how museums protect their collections.
  6. Explain what a reproduction print is.
  7. Talk about local museums.
  8. Explain why people make art.
  9. Show various prints.

Museum: A place that collects, protects and teaches about the things they own. There are many kinds of museums. Some museums primarily collect only one type of thing e.g. Sandwich Glass Museum. Some museums collect only paintings. Some, like Heritage Plantation, collect a lot of things that have something in common. The collections at Heritage are all things that are American.

Volunteer: A person who does a job to help out but who isn't paid to do the job. Volunteers work because they enjoy it, because they like learning new things or because they have skills that will help the place where they volunteer. Sometimes children volunteer in class or at home to do jobs to help out the teacher or family. (These jobs might be discussed too.)

Collections: The things that a museum owns, takes care of and teaches about are the objects in their collection.

Museums protect their collections in many ways:

From theft and fire - alarms and guards.

From sunlight - special indoor light and window shades to keep them from fading.

Gloves are used when handling things to keep oils from our skin from getting in to the objects and leaving marks.

They also put things in cases so visitors won't touch them.

Why people make art: Today I've brought some things to help you learn more about art. We want you to know that there are many kinds of art and that people have always made art for various reasons:

Religion, decoration, to remember, to express feelings, to tell stories, to advertise.

No matter why it is made, or who made it, the art around us helps us to appreciate our lives more fully. After you visit a museum you sometimes look at things around you more carefully.

Reproduction Prints: Art is everywhere in the world. Some famous paintings are very far away in other countries in museums there. We can't bring them to your classroom so we buy pictures of them and bring the pictures of the real painting to show you.

MATERIALS

  1. The Mandril, , Oskar Kokoschka (coh-cosh-cah) Austrian (1886-1980) Reproduction print.
       Art tells a story
  2. George Washington - After 1796, , Gilbert Stuart, American (1755-1828) oil on canvas, Reproduction print.
    Art for remembering, portrait.          

     

  3. Rainy Season in The Tropics, 1866, Frederick Edwin Church, American (1826-1900) Oil on canvas 56 1/4 x 84 3/16 in. (142.9 x 213.8 cm) The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Reproduction print.
    Remember open lands, express religious feelings.

     

  4. Blue Atmosphere, 1963, Helen Frankenthaler, American (1928- ) Reproduction print.
     This painting is very large in it's original form. It would be too large to carry into the classroom. It was painted to express feeling.

     Frankenthaler Helen - Blue Atmosphere

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