The Student Art Exhibit: A Collaborative Journey
Keywords:student art exhibits, museum education, engagement, collabortive pedagogy, authentic artmaking, Brooklyn Museum
AbstractThis study explores what happened when secondary students created an art exhibit within a flexible framework provided by the teacher. Burton (2006, 2004, 2001) identified student exhibits as opportunities for heightened and comprehensive student engagement and learning in art. Lackey (2008) acknowledged that student exhibits enhanced communication between students and adults. The findings in this article, with specifications, supported these conclusions. From visiting a model exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, to planning, creating, and exhibiting artwork, four themes emerged: 1. teacher as collaborator, 2. students as problem solvers, 3. museum exhibits as creative catalysts, and 4. student-led exhibitions as opportunities for school-wide collaboration.
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