November 10th, 2008
Courtney Henson, Gallery Assistant– It was wonderful to be able to ask a few basic questions and hear the responses of the students. In the end, they were mostly too shy to act out their “character studies” but they had the most amazing observations of the work. Is this painter painting himself in the future, affected by age? Why do they stare at us?
I peeked at a few drawings while the students worked and was also thrilled at their skill and ability to view the works in front of them and then use their creativity to change them into something all their own.
They guessed the artist’s birthplace simply through observations of his dress and facial hair. It seemed their experience at the Sheldon (priorly that day) was enriched by the continued topics of discussion at the Pulitzer. I can only imagine that they will retain the information better because of this experiential type of learning.