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Absentee Landlord "Artists & Materials" Pre- or Post-Tour Study Set (K-6)




May 27, 2011

Institution Walker Art Center

This Arts Connected Set is meant to be used by teachers and students who will be visiting the Absentee Landlord exhibit, John Waters' first foray into curating.  It can be used to prep visitors for the tour theme, "Artists and Their Materials".  

The tour is designed for grades K-6 and follows two strands in the Minnesota Academic Standards in the Arts:  identifying materials and technologies used to create a variety of art works, and comparing/contrasting a variety of visual artworks.

This Arts Connected Set contains a sampler of art works from the exhibition, chosen because of the unique material selections made by each artist.  It can be considered a sneak preview of the kind of art students will see during their visit to the Walker Art Center.  It also includes questions from a technique called, "Visual Thinking Strategies", which will encourage critical thinking....both during the preview and during the tour itself.

As students answer the question set for each work, you might record their observations so the group can revisit the observations in aggregate and draw comparisons, discuss differences, etc.

You can start your 'preview tour' on the next slide.  An idea for a post-tour activity appears on the final slide.  Please note there is one YouTube link in the slide set;  if your school blocks access, students could watch at home (or you could bypass the slide.)

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Type: Instructional Set
Grades: K-6
Instructional Method: Classroom Discussion, Multimedia Instruction, Thematic Approach
Added to Site: May 27, 2011