Sunday, October 6, 2013

Fine Art Prints

       Filling an art room with students’ artwork creates a “classroom gallery” where the students feel pride in the display of their creations. However, I think it is also important for the art classroom to have fine art prints put on view for students to see every day. Not only do these prints provide a source of inspiration, but they expose students to artworks and artists that they may not be familiar with. The use of art prints in art, or picture study, is not a new technology. It was very popular in the late 19th century, but faded out by 1920.  
       Fine art prints can be used for lessons in Art Appreciation, Art History, Art Criticism and Aesthetics. Teaching students about different eras, movements, techniques and styles of art will give them a better understanding of art. This knowledge will allow them to better appreciate art as well. Having a variety of art prints is key to introducing them to the vast artworks throughout history as well as contemporary work. It also will help them develop, improve and assess their own artwork.
      In addition, fine art prints are essential when teaching students formal analysis. Having various examples of artwork to point out the different ways artists use the visual elements (line, shape, texture, value, color, space, form) and the principles of design (unity, rhythm, balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern) is beneficial for the students as well as the teachers.
     Art prints can evoke inquiry about the artist as well. Students may admire a particular work of art which, in turn, might lead them into researching the artist, wanting to know more about them and their work. Using fine art prints for an “Artist of the Month” bulletin board is a great way to celebrate various artists along with introducing them to the students. Art educators should take advantage of the many uses that fine art prints can provide throughout the art curriculum.






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  2. Having fine art prints will help bring awareness for your students. They can possible bring them home and show their parents or guardian. The students can analyze the prints in a philosophical way. Visual arts is great because it's an art form that focuses on the creation of works which are generally visual in nature, these include painting, photography film making, and printing. Those that involve 3D, such as sculpture are called “plastic arts,” is a great way to display art in classrooms as well. Many artistic disciplines involve some aspects of the visual arts.

  3. Hello, Karen In a personal note, when I was a child back in Peru, the internet wasn’t as accessible, and I was barely exposed to art, the only exposure I had was from books my parents had at home from Spaniard artists like Velasquez and Murillo, as well as big Glicce paintings in linen of English romantics hanging in my living room. One of them which is engraved in my memory is the Hay Wain by John Constable
    They are indeed influences, and in a way shape my sense of aestheticism. I certainly wish I was exposed to more, which leads me to agree that displaying art reproductions would be beneficial in an art classroom. In my opinion I would like to arrange display art prints of paintings that serve best to represent its style and time in a chronological order so that when I touch the topic with my students they can relate to it in time (history).
    It is a great idea to expose the students to art it broadens their understanding of art, specially the ideal that there is no right or wrong but different, it definitely inspires them, additionally I would like to display a bulleting board that will change often, asking the students to bring any information that they find in newspapers with the latest art works popular today.