Teaching & Learning in the museum district


Asian Art: Reimagined

7th and 8th grade students participate in a fine arts class every day. Students have a variety of classes to choose from including courses through the Museum District, photography, literary arts magazine, video news, yearbook, choir, drama, mixed media, sculpture, creative writing, drumming, guitar and much, much more. The hardest part of the class is choosing which one to take! The daily exposure to the arts has impacted our students' creative and critical thinking skills and helped them to see how art can influence all areas of their life. Here's an inside glimpse of one of our classes...

The 8th grade fine arts class, Museum Ambassadors, spent several days in the Asian Art Galleries at the MFAH learning about the way the museum's collection was curated and exhibited.  After studying the collection, students chose one or two pieces of art to research individually.  They came together as a group to discuss how each of their objects might fit together in a student curated exhibition.  

What emerged from their studies was Asian Art: Reimagined, a Presbyterian School exhibition of works of art from the permanent Asian Art collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) which went on display in the Middle School hallway the week of December 14.  The goal of this exhibition was not to copy the MFAH exhibition style and curatorial choices, rather students were charged with thinking about these objects differently.  Every part of the exhibition, from the researched written statements to the color of the walls, was intentional and carefully considered. Some of the objects were the same medium and culture – Japanese Works on Paper, for example – and logically worked in a group. Other objects seemed to have a more loose connection, and the students diligently researched ways to link their images together to create a unified exhibition group.

Click here to read student reflections and research on the MFAH Asian Art collection.

Posted by Mrs. Andrea Lawless in Student Involvement, Opportunity in Museum District on Thursday January, 21, 2016 at 09:01AM


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