Topics and Issues in Art
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Art for Children     Journal Assignment
What to do
In your journal/sketchbooks , include entries for two or three Art Department Topics and Issues sessions by the end of this term.  If you have a class or another unavoidable conflict you may view a video of the event. Videos are placed on reserve in the library under John Blosser's name (Art Dept. Chair).  Attending in person, will prove to be a much richer experience.  Two are required and a third entry may be done as extra credit.

When and Where are the Events?

See the class calendar for dates and locations

Detail of Vestment for Linda 2001
by Katherine Bartel ©

Linda was Katherine's paternal grandmother who died many years before the artist's birth.  This construction uses a personal feminine garment, a slip, and incorporates many objects and images that represent her grandmother's life.

My picture at age one is shown here
at the bottom center of this detail.
Linda, my mother, died of complications in childbirth about three years later.

-- Marvin Bartel
Katherine will have work in the
October 16 - November 20
Text and Context: A Mennonite Artists  Invitational
Reception:October 25, 5-7p.m.
An exhibition of visual art in conjunction with the Mennonite writers conference Oct 24-27. second exhibit in the fall, 2002

How to Journal the Event
Write your journal entries using a word processor and bind the printed page(s) in your sketchbook/journal. Journal entries should give the name of the person, date, title, and a short description of the event. The major part of the journal entry should be analytical, reflective, and creative rather than descriptive. Deal with questions of your own making in your writing.

Make creative and reflective connections between the presentation, your future as a teacher, and things that relate to our class . As you listen to the speaker, can you make notes recording questions and creative ideas that come to you? Can these notes serve to inspire your writing? For example, how could a classroom teacher plan an art activity based on children's own experiences that could help them become aware, understand, and cope with (topics similar to topics used by this artist)? This is one question. What questions relative to the presentation can you formulate in your journal? Add your own responses to your own questions.

What to do with the Journaling Assignment
Place your paper in the same binder you use to file your drawings and other materials from this class.
Also place a brochure, a sketch you make, and/or a web page printout about the person, issue, or topic.

Hand in the sketchbook/journal binders in class as directed on the Calendar Page .

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