Thursday, October 14, 2010

Zephyr Art TN: National Gallery of Art Resources Lending Program

Another homeschool mom/ artist friend of mine recently introduced me to a terrific lending program from the National Gallery of Art. NGA has slides, video cassettes, DVDs, multimedia programs and CD ROMs on a great variety of art subject, artists, techniques and styles and are available to homeschool parents, teachers and individuals. For the middle school/ high school art class I am teaching, I chose to borrow a DVD on 20th Century artists Calder, Smith, deKooning, Bearden and Lichtenstein. 

We will watch the video over a couple of weeks as the kids finish the paintings they are working on for our "show" at the end of the semester. 

As the kids are done they move over to the TV to watch. We watched the section on Calder Tuesday and discussed some of the ways Art moves people.

 I was glad that they were really getting into Calder's work.  

And the ones still working were getting close to completion while sneaking glances at Calder's process for making large scale mobiles.

The borrowed DVD is not due back to NGA until December, so we do not have to rush the viewing. This awsome program is free, one only has to pay return shipping for the items. 

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