Friday, January 3, 2014

4th and 5th grade - Is it art?

Most of this project took place off-camera, where the 4th and 5th graders had a very intellectual discussion about what art actually is.  We watched a 60 Minutes video where Andy Rooney discusses contemporary art, then looked at a lot of artwork that straddles the line between art and not art, including Jackson Pollock, Piet Mondrian, and Marcel Duchamp, among others.  The kids' responses were insightful and interesting.  Eventually the conversation twisted and turned into "kitschy" artwork by Jeff Koons and Thomas Kinkade, leading students to draw their own conclusions about their personal definitions of art.  With only a few classes (snow days!) we actually set to create a work of art that we thought could be art and also not be.  It was a serious challenge that was very refreshing to see the 4th and 5th graders approach so well.  Take a look a small sample!

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