Teaching & Learning in the museum district
Art at the Heart of Learning
This past Fall Lower School Art teacher, Jacqui. Chaltain, took each 3rd and 4th grade class to the MFAH to view the exhibit, Selections from the Museum’s Collection: Modern and Contemporary Art. Students selected and photographed their favorite piece from this collection in order to reference and respond to it later in the art classroom. Upon returning to school, students created a painted response as well as a written response articulating what they felt the artist was trying to say, and how they said it through composition, scale, brushwork, or other materials.
Thirty of the student’s painting and written responses were selected by a jury for submission into the Art at the Heart of Learning exhibit at the Kinder Foundation Education Center Gallery at the MFAH. The remaining response pieces not featured at the MFAH have been chosen to be a part of the Art at the Heart of Learning Refusés Salon at Presbyterian School in Palm Court. Both exhibits will open Sunday, February 8, 2015 with openings at 2:00 p.m. at the MFAH and 3:00 p.m. at Presbyterian School Palm Court. The exhibits' opening receptions will celebrate our student artists and their art teacher, Ms. Chaltain.
Throughout history artistic choices have, on occasion, necessitated the emergence of new movements. The infamous Salon des Refusés of 1863 is one such moment in art history where the establishment, the jury of the official Paris Salon, did not accept two-thirds of the paintings presented for submission. Among these works were pieces by Whistler, Pissaro and Edouard Manet’s Déjeuner sur l'herbe. The works did not include subject matter, color schemes or classical techniques, which the traditional salons deemed acceptable. Because the artists and their friends staged such a protest, the Emperor Napoleon III, sensitive to public opinion, allowed the rejected works to be displayed in another part of the Palace of Industry. The Salon des Refusés received thousands of visitors and the critical attention legitimized the emerging avant-garde movement in painting. What began as a rejection turned out to be the dawn of Impressionism and more widespread acceptance of new ideas and techniques.
It is in this same spirit, that we are establishing our very own Salon des Refusés. We cherish the creativity of our students and the canvas of their future has yet to be painted. Who are we to limit their potential?
Click here to view an invitation to the February, 8 opening reception at the MFAH.
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