Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Kids Appreciating Art

I love watching people but I especially love watching kids learn! Whatever the assignment these kids had been given, it was a mighty good one, because it set them to looking deeply at a single painting for a long long time. We too often look at each thing for a brief few seconds before moving on the next, sort of check list tourism, "Yep, been there, saw that", without really getting much "learnin'" from the experience. It is better to see a few things deeply and gather detail and meaning and layers of meaning from them than to see the surface of a many lot of things. Whatever assignment these kids' good teacher had given them, these kids were learning how to appreciate art in a wonderful way that will serve them beyond this day of visiting the art museum on a field trip.

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