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Hello and welcome to Traveling Exhibits Inspiration Ave. My name is Lisa and I'm the Exhibits Coordinator for Teacher's Discovery. It is truly an honor and a privilege to work with teachers and librarians throughout the United States in giving the gift of awe, inspiration and a museum experience to their students and patrons. Working with you has been so rewarding for me and I am moved and inspired daily with the heartfelt experiences that have been shared with me from so many who have hosted a Traveling Exhibit(s). When an educator is inspired it's contagious and therefore their students are inspired too. I will do my best always, to assist you in giving the best exhibition that will enrich the lives of all who are witness to our Spectacular Exhibits. With this blog I will share pictures,comments, ideas and activities that have been shared with me and use it as a tool for you to inspire your peers.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Silent Reflections with Monet .......

Newton Razor's Elementary Art Teacher Kristen shared with me their Monet exhibit experience, This picture is of one of her first grade classes. She told me that she has no idea what prompted it but, her students spontaneously, in silent unison, dropped to their knees, It was amazing..... Here's also what Kristen had to say about Newton Razor's Monet exhibit experience.
Hello, Lisa! Here's how we experienced Monet...
I started teaching a Monet unit a couple of weeks before we received the exhibit. We focused on his waterlilies and we talked about French culture, geography, etc. (Our school is an International Baccalaureate candidate school, and one of our main focuses is teaching multiculturalism. All our Special Areas...Art, PE, Music...are highlighting one country each 6 weeks. This was France's turn. Of course, we study other countries in addition to those 6.)
When the exhibit arrived, we had already discussed the Impressionist movement and how it changed the art world, and we had started our own Monet-inspired paintings. One of the coolest things for the students was to see Monet's work up close to really get the effect of Impressionism. I spent the week taking all of my classes to our temporary Monet museum. We studied the exhibit up close first, then backed away to get the full effect. That really made an impact on my students! They had many questions about Monet, so we posted a "Wonder Wall" at the exhibit where we could post the kids' questions. (Inquiry based learning is a big thing at our school!) Their assignment was to see how many of the questions they could find answers for.
We also made posters thanking the PTA for sponsoring the exhibit, which we posted around school the week of the exhibit...this also served as an invitation for parents and visitors to enjoy the exhibit while we had it. We also posted some basic information about Monet by the exhibit in case my students weren't there to answer their questions.
That's about it. It was a vary meaningful experience for my students. We don't have any large museums in Denton, so for some of my students this was a first experience for them.
We're looking forward to hosting Diego Rivera the first week of May. We always have a big Cinco de Mayo celebration!
Thanks for your help,

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