Teaching & Learning in the museum district
Founding of the Student Art League
by Kathy Webb, Seventh Grade World History Teacher
The Presbyterian School Art League meets each Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. with Mrs. Webb and Mrs. Berler. We walk across the street to the MFAH and have toured several galleries. In the fall, students particularly enjoyed Jennifer Steinkamp’s video installation Mike Kelley which presented a single tree as it passed through the four seasons. The children sat on a bench and simply watched the movement of the tree as they tried to detect patterns, shapes, and changing colors.
We also briefly toured the Arts of Asia collection which consists primarily of work from four areas: China; Japan; India and Southeast Asia; and Korea. Our first stop was the India gallery, and there we discussed Subodh Gupta’s monumental installation piece (Untitled, 2008) made up of everyday kitchen utensils.Our students wondered why pieces were selected, which included a variety of stainless steel ladles, stackable measuring cups, sieves, forks and knives, as well as the occasional spatula and mixing bowl, all of which were mounted on a convex base attached to the wall. During other weeks, we examined the Hindu god Shiva Nataraja, a fly whisk, made entirely from the trunk of one elephant, and a shogun’s wedding gift.
What a great pleasure it is to visit a beautiful setting that is filled with treasures, objects of interest, and promotes an appreciation for the past and present!
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