Using Modern Masterpieces To Teach Elements Of Design In The Primary Grades
I have always been interested in art but it was not until 1968, when I worked as a teacher's aid to Mrs. Virginia Bompart, that I realized how exciting art could be for children. It was in Mrs. Bompart's first grade room that I was introduced to the idea of a creative use of picture study which allowed children to see and appreciate the exciting, childlike works of the modern schools of art.
With the idea in mind of using the works of modern artists to teach art, I decided to write the thesis that modern art works could be used to teach the elements of design to children in the primary grades. This study is the final outcome of the idea which I first conceived while observing the work of Mr.s Bompart.
The general purpose of this research paper is to explain seven picture studies which will teach the elements of design, line, shape, color, texture, space, value, and volume to the primary pupil. The pictures selected are from Henri Matisse and Amedio Modigliani, who are expressionists, Paul Klee, a surrealist, and Pablo Picasso, who is not yet classified in a school of art. The pictures chosen are examples of bold, fanciful, and childlike art. Such art seems, according to John Dewey, to be of extreme interest to children. The subjects in these pictures, puppets, clowns, goldfish, flowers, musical instruments, and children, are important to the interest level of the class. All these subjects are ordinary but they maintain a high interest level, which will be advantageous to a successful presentation of the pictures.