ERIC Number: ED199132
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul-1
Art Involvement Program. A Final Report, September 15, 1978-July 1, 1980.
An Art Involvement Program is described which helped students in middle schools, junior high and high schools develop their sense of aesthetic appreciation through visits to an art gallery. Publicized through press releases, the program involved various schools in New Jersey that decided to participate. Students from a wide variety of backgrounds came to Rutgers University Art Gallery for one hour and thirty minutes instruction per week for five consecutive weeks. Topics covered in the sessions included color lithography 1890-1900, contemporary art, bookmaking, printmaking techniques, art collecting, photography, American Indian art, Japanese painting and calligraphy, aquatint etching, the appreciation of prints, American sculpture 1913-1939, posters by Paul Colin, art deco, 18th century French drawing, the prints of William Hogarth, portraiture in painting, and Dadaism. Students were involved in many different kinds of activities. They listened as local artists discussed their works. Hands on activities included creating coil built clay pots, utilizing Pueblo Indian designs, experimenting with ink and Japanese brush, making paper, utilizing conte-crayon to sketch likenesses of 18th century French master drawings, producing photograms, and doing basic printmaking. Filmstrips, 16mm films, and slides were utilized throughout the course. One of the activities which was quite successful was breaking students into groups of three or four and giving them a mystery object from the collection to identify and research. Students were also encouraged to read art periodicals. Following the museum visits, students were required to participate in school classroom activities. For example, one student gave a presentation in the classroom about Japanese art. Others were asked to compose essays describing their reaction to art they had seen at the gallery. Evaluation of the project yielded positive results. The report concludes with a discussion of funding for the program. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rutgers, The State Univ., New Brunswick, NJ.